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

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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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Shades of Grey

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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 worldwide sales of more than 125 million copies! And it has become one of the most successful publications in the history of book publishing. Completely, utterly mind-boggling stats. And I am still confounded by the hype around it. So forgive my jaded response at the fact that now readers can look forward to another angle in this "tantalising" tale - this time written from the smouldering Christian Grey's point of view. This book will be titled ... wait for it ... Grey. Really? And it…
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The other side of Bollywood

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[caption id="attachment_173" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Gene Gualdi with her book Bollywood Blonde[/caption] 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 personalities, I find them too plastic and pretentious. But a coaxing publicist convinced me to meet Gualdi when she launched Bollywood Blonde in Durban, and in a moment of weakness I acquiesced. Of course, this meant I had to read Bollywood Blonde and come up with intelligent questions about it. (more…)
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Fantasy, sex and a good read

Fantasy, sex and a good read

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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 disturbing - sexual content in this story. But with a story and writing as brilliant as this, I quickly got over my discomfort and enjoyed this novel from start to finish. (more…)
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Food for the soul

Food for the soul

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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 (more…)
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Master of a gripping tale

Master of a gripping tale

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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 was: why is the Charlie Parker series set in North America? (more…)
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The political is personal

The political is personal

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  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. (more…)
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Fifty Shades of not much really

Fifty Shades of not much really

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  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, hectic schedules and ... Eventually ... Sex. (more…)
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