For the love of cake

  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.

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Get your kids reading this winter holiday

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…

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Shades of Grey

EL James announced on social media on Monday that she will be releasing a new version of her novel Fifty Shades of Grey shortly. I’ve written about this Fifty Shades series previously. But I just had to share my thoughts on this latest venture of hers. ​The Fifty Shades trilogy has reached…

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The other side of Bollywood

When I received an invitation to interview Gené Gualdi, I ignored it. I’m not a Bollywood fan and bar a few names that appear in the news in relation to IPL cricket or mafia-related murder charges, I know very little about the personalities that belong to that world. Like Hollywood…

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Fantasy, sex and a good read

It was the cover of AR Torre’s, The Girl in 6E, that caught my eye. The bright red spine stood out in my pile of “read-when-you-have-time” books. Imagine my surprise when after just the first chapter I couldn’t put this book down. There is quite a bit of – sometimes…

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Food for the soul

International best-selling writer Barbara Kingsolver was in Durban at the beginning of the year to promote her latest novel, Flight Behaviour. I hosted her at Exclusive Books, in Westville

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Master of a gripping tale

John Connolly was in Durban to promote his latest Charlie Parker thriller, A Song of Shadows. I caught up with him to discuss her favourite detective series  John Connolly is born and bred Irish, and it’s still home – even though he lives in the US. My first question then…

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The political is personal

  Susan Abulhawa has just published her new novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water, and I can’t wait for it to land on my desk. I met her at the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban a few years ago and we discussed sisterhood, solidarity and playgrounds.

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Fifty Shades of not much really

  Dinner table conversation can be fascinating at times. At others it can turn into out of body (pun entirely intended) experience. A group of female friends invited me to dinner a few weeks ago. As we sipped cocktails and dined on delicious langoustines, conversation turned to marriage, juggling kids,…

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