On my desk

On my desk

Books
Black Ops by Stephen Leather (Hodder UK) Spies, hit men, double agents – this book, part of the Spider Shepherd series, has it all. Spider Shepherd works for MI5 – her controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue and Spider is told to betray her. Charlie uses government resources to exact revenge on the men who killed her husband and Spider has to work with his nemesis at MI6 to take her down. Then there’s the assassin, Lex Harper – Spider will encounter this lethal force who is on the trail of terrorists, who may be able to implicate Charlie. And if all this doesn’t make for a complicated tale in itself, there is another high profile mission for Spider too. President Vladimir Putin is visiting the UK, and a father…
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Inner city reality

Inner city reality

Books
I live in Durban and will probably do so as long as I have young children to raise. But the city of “Jozi” holds a special place in my heart. It is undoubtedly my favourite city in South Africa. And as I paged through A City Refracted, I realised once again why I love Johannesburg so much. (more…)
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#BUYABOOK for National Book Week

#BUYABOOK for National Book Week

Books
It’s National Book Week (NBW). Launched by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi in Johannesburg last week, NBW runs from September 7-13. A 2007 study highlighted a sad reality in our country – that only 14% of South Africans read books and half the country doesn’t own even one leisure book in their home. It cannot be disputed that at the heart of personal growth, community development and a thriving nation is reading and literacy. The study also found that having as few as 20 books in the home is proven to have a significant impact in propelling a child to higher levels of education. (more…)
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On my desk

On my desk

Books
If you have children of school-going age, you’ve almost certainly heard talk of Minecraft. I like to think of it as online Lego. I have two children who can spend hours building worlds, escaping spiders and “spawning” sheep or pigs for food. Minecraft is a Bafta award-winning sandbox game and is possibly the biggest new name in gaming. (more…)
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Help for sleep-deprived parents

Books
All you sleep-deprived parents out there, this one is for you. If you're chasing sleep because your little one refuses to then here is something you may be interested in. Have you heard of the self-published book by Swedish author, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, that’d become a #1 international bestseller? The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is on bestseller lists across the world after it was reported to be a phenomenal success in lulling children to sleep in minutes, by using positive-reinforcement techniques to promote relaxation and ultimately sleep. Parent testimonials online rave about the book too. (more…)
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For the love of cake

For the love of cake

Books, Durban, Lifestyle
  [caption id="attachment_471" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Janet Kohler with her book, Perfect Parties, in her kitchen. It's here that she runs her cooking courses[/caption] What makes an economist give up a successful career to pursue a career in the kitchen, at home? For Janet Kohler the answer is simple - family and children, of course. (more…)
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Get your kids reading this winter holiday

Books
As if his multitude of novels for adults are not enough, James Patterson has now ventured into the realm of literature for young readers. Three Middle School books landed on my desk at the same time. I took them home to eager young children who can’t get their paws on them. Rafe Khatchadorian (am I the only one who thinks Kim Kardashian when reading this name) is the lead character in these books. (more…)
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