Author, Ali Land, to launch her debut novel in SA

Author, Ali Land, to launch her debut novel in SA

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Author, Ali Land, to launch her debut novel in SA

Ali Land, author of one of the most extraordinary, controversial and explosive literary debuts of 2017, with be launching her book Good Me Bad Me to Cape Town audiences in September. She will be participating in a number of events at the Open Book Festival between September 6 and 10

She will also be at the following venues:

  • Elsie’s River Library on September 7 at 11am
  • Kalk Bay book store at 5.30pm
  • Fishhoek Library on September 8 at 10am
  • Exclusive Books Cavendish on Stepember 14 at 6.30pm.

Take a look at my review of Good Me Bad Me earlier this year.

You can also read an extract from the book and  a Q&A with Ali Land here.

  • Good Me Bad Me is published by Penguin Random House

 

Review: Read Sophie Hannah if the unexpected doesn’t scare you

Review: Read Sophie Hannah if the unexpected doesn’t scare you

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Review: Read Sophie Hannah if the unexpected doesn’t scare you

For a while now, I have been unable to read a serious, thought-provoking novel.

Hence my last review was a of a Sophie Kinsella novel that I, surprisingly, thoroughly enjoyed. The happy ending was just what I needed to soothe my soul that weekend.

I strongly believe that to truly embrace reading, one must accept that there is a time and place to enjoy different genres – even ones you generally wouldn’t go near.

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Here’s a great read from Sophie Kinsella

Here’s a great read from Sophie Kinsella

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Here’s a great read from Sophie Kinsella

Every now and then it’s okay to live out the box – do something you don’t often do, read something you don’t often read.

I’ve never been much of a “chick lit” fan. But, as I embark on new journeys, I’ve decided to read new genres as well.

Choosing to start with a Sophie Kinsella novel was a great idea. If it’s tongue-in-cheek, witty humour you enjoy then Kinsella’s novel My Not So Perfect Life is a fantastic read.

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Review: Good Me Bad Me

Review: Good Me Bad Me

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Review: Good Me Bad Me

Wow. Not since reading Gone Girl have I been so sucked into a novel like I was when I read Good Me Bad Me, a debut novel by Ali Land.

Annie has been through too much for a girl this young. Horror upon horror is visited on this child’s mind and body by the person who should be protecting her – her mother.

Now, Annie is forced to live with the fact that she has turned her serial killer mother in to the police.

Haunted

Living with a new identity and a foster family, Annie becomes Milly. Unfortunately for Milly, new life, new me it isn’t. Milly is haunted by the horrors of her past in many ways. Add to that foster sister from hell and bullies at school – Milly struggles to fit in.

Good Me Bad Me deals with many themes – hierarchy and bullying at schools as well as dysfunctional families and their effects. But most striking is the characterisation of Milly herself. Right up to the last word, you’re kept on your toes as you try to figure her out.

Good Me Bad Me is one of the most disturbing and gut wrenching novels I’ve read. It left me breathless as I hoped for a happy ending that I knew was not of the cards.

  • Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land is published by Penguin Random House

 

Book review: Sarie

Book review: Sarie

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Book review: Sarie

Sarie leaves an indelibly refreshing mark on the South African literary landscape. I met author, Heinrich Böhmke, a while back to discuss his novel

I find it fascinating how an idea for a story develops in a writer’s mind. In the case of Heinrich Böhmke’s Sarie, I was even more intrigued.

With its short chapters and many, multi-faceted characters, I was often left breathless – jumping from plot to plot, searching for an answer or at least a hint of closure.

Closure does arrive eventually but certainly not in the way I expected.

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Book review: The Couple Next Door

Book review: The Couple Next Door

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There are only 10 lines on the last page of this book. But it is in those last 10 lines that the final shock is dealt.

It comes unexpectedly and it pulls you almost violently out of a sense of complacency.

Anne and Marco Conti are the dream couple – wealthy, perfect home, fulfilling jobs and a beautiful 6-month-old baby Cora that they dote on.

But then they are invited to a dinner party next door and the babysitter cancels at the last minute. Marco convinces Anne they can still go and leave Cora alone at home.

Anne, who is struggling with post-natal depression doesn’t want to be at the party. It feels wrong to have left Cora alone even though they have the baby monitor with them and they are checking up on her every 30 minutes. As she watches their hostess flirt with her husband, Anne feels fat, angry and is consumed by the guilt of being a bad mother and less-than-perfect wife.

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On my desk

On my desk

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by Neil Gaiman (Headline)

There is a world under the streets of London that no one knows of.

Richard Mayhew is dragged into this world when he comes to the aid of a mysterious girl named Door. The bleeding girl is on the run from assassins and she comes from London Below.

This bizarre, but strangely familiar story takes Richard into a world below inhabited by monsters and angels, a Beast and and Earl who holds court in a Tube train.

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First Response

by Stephen Leather (Hodder UK)

Nine men in suicide vests hold hostages in nine locations around London.

Their demand: the release of jihadist prisoners from Belmarsh Prison.

But the bombers have no links to known terror groups and are not on any anti-terror watch list. So, what or who has brought them together to act this way?

As the drama unfolds, the SAS, armed police and emergency services head to Special Crime and Operations branch – and only he knows what is really going on.

Nothing is what it appears to be. But will the powers that be believe or listen to Mo?

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The Story of a New Name

by Elena Ferrante (Europa)

This novel is the sequel to Elana Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend – a story about the friendship between Lila and Elena.

At this point Lila is married, but it is a marriage that appears to have imprisoned her.

Elena on the hand continues her studies and is exploring the world outside of the neighbourhood she grew up in. But the pressure to excel is at times too much for her.

This is a story of two women who share a complex and evolving bond that is a source of strength to the challenges they face.

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Book review: Different Class

Book review: Different Class

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This complex novel is in a class of its own
Joanne Harris is probably best known for her Chocolat trilogy – the first novel of which was made into a film starring Johnny Depp.

She has also written three cookbooks, Norse fantasies and historical fiction. To slot her into any single category is difficult – certainly her latest novel proves this.

Different Class is the third of a series of novels set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Malbry.

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