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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Here’s a novel idea for a Christmas gift

Here’s a novel idea for a Christmas gift

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Here’s a novel idea for a Christmas gift Stuck on ideas for Christmas gifts this year? Why not opt for a good book? Yes, as a lover of books I think there is nothing better than receiving (or giving) a book as a gift. And this year, Exclusive Books has the #EBbookElf to help you choose the perfect book gift. (more…)
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Bridget Jones’s Baby: would you like a copy?

Bridget Jones’s Baby: would you like a copy?

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Bridget Jones’s Baby: would you like a copy? So, Bridget Jones’s Baby starring Renée Zellweger hit the big screen in September. But the novel is just so much more fun. In this latest installment by Helen Fielding we meet Bridget again – focusing on her career and being single. But, in true Bridget style, the hapless 43-year-old finds her life suddenly interrupted when she learns she is pregnant. There’s just one problem … she’s only 50% sure of the identity of her baby’s father. But, Bridget is not the first, and will not be the last, woman to find herself in this position. What is unusual is she how she gets to this point in and how it’s resolved. Will Bridget ever have a bit of good fortune come her way or…
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On my desk

On my desk

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On my desk Rotten Row By Petina Gappah (Faber and Faber) I loved Petina Gappah’s novel, The Book of Memory. So when her latest book landed on my desk, I couldn’t wait to dive straight into it. This holiday, it is at the top of my to-read list. In Harare, when people hear the name “Rotten Row”, they think crime and courts. Rotten Row is a collection of interconnected short stories that explores causes and effects of crime and the nature of justice in Zimbabwe. Every person passing through Rotten Row is fair game in this collection. Black or white, man or woman, good guys or villains, rich or poor – Gappah transcends barriers to explore very real issues in contemporary Zimbabwe. Black Queen White King Check Mate By William…
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