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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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A touch of drama on my desk

A touch of drama on my desk

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A touch of drama on my desk Boy, has it been a busy few weeks for me – so much so that I’ve neglected sharing with you the latest book arrivals at my door. I do hope, however, you got to read my last posts on Good Me Bad Me and Middle School – and with the school holidays creeping up, it may be a good idea to get your kids a copy of a James Patterson book to keep them busy during their break. I received these books a while ago, and this long weekend may be the perfect opportunity for me to get lost in their pages. (more…)
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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…
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Middle School on my desk

Middle School on my desk

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Middle School on my desk James Patterson – the author I love to hate. But if ever there is an ongoing success story in writing, it must be him. Whether he pens them on his own or in collaboration, Patterson is now an institution in mainstream writing. His books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, making him one of the biggest-selling authors of all time. Probably known best for his mystery novels, Patterson has also been hugely successful in writing for young readers. The Middle School series, which he co-authors with Chris Tebbetts, is proving a hit among young boys. (more…)
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New thrillers on my desk

New thrillers on my desk

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New thrillers on my desk I've been pretty lax in my book posts of late. Forgive me. Sometimes life does get in the way of a good book. The pile on my desk and night stand has grown - a silent indictment of my lapse over the holidays. In my last post I looked at a wide range of books, from a novel by South African writer Ace Moloi to the latest Saudi princess instalment by Jean Sasson. This post is about thrillers - these two landed on my desk recently. (more…)
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Thuli Madonsela to publish her autobiography

Thuli Madonsela to publish her autobiography

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Thuli Madonsela to publish her autobiography Pan Macmillan South Africa announced on Monday that it will publish a personal memoir by former public protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela. The book will cover the remarkable life of one of South Africa’s most respected leaders. Madonsela will be best remembered and go down in history for fearlessly taking on the people that put her in office. She served as public protector from 2009 to 2016, describing her role as a non-political figure who “gives the people a voice while giving the traditional leader a conscience”. (more…)
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Win a copy of EL James’s, Fifty Shades Darker

Win a copy of EL James’s, Fifty Shades Darker

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Win a copy of EL James’s, Fifty Shades Darker Remember the hit movie Fifty Shades of Grey? If you enjoyed it, you’ll be glad to know the next movie in the series will be in cinemas on February 10. So, get your girlfriends (or partner) together for a movie night soon. If you want to know more about the making of Fifty Shades Darker, get a hold of the latest edition of the second book in EL James’s hugely popular trilogy. This special edition includes the writer’s own photographs and captions on the making of the film. It’s bound to be a hit with fans. WIN WIN WIN I have a copy of Fifty Shades Darker to give to two readers. Simply follow my blog and write a comment, together…
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Books on my desk

Books on my desk

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Books on my desk Here are three great books that landed on my desk recently. Take a look - one of them may interest you.  Holding My Breath by Ace Moloi (Blackbird) It’s been more than a decade since Ace Moloi’s mother died. In all that time he has tried in vain to answer to ignore persistent questions that plague him about grief and healing. In Holding My Breath, an emotional letter to his mother, Moloi attempts to interrogate and confront the trauma of losing his mother when he was still a child. This is a heart-wrenching story of a young boy’s journey from being loved to a life where love is just a distant memory.   Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman (Sceptre Books) Britt-Marie is not difficult or…
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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. (more…)
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