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Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery By Sally Andrew (Umuzi) Tannie Maria is the agony aunt for her local newspaper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. Fifty-something, short and soft in all the wrong places, Maria loves to cook. She dishes out her recipes to readers seeking advice on matters of the heart. Then her life takes a sinister turn when she becomes involved in a murder investigation, much to the annoyance of incredibly handsome local cop working the case. Cooking may not be able to solve this problem.. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs (Square Fish) The boy is teased for looking different – his skin is darker, his hair curlier, and his nose bigger. He wishes he looks like other kids, but he’s not – he’s chocolate. This is a…
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Colour me happy

Books, Lifestyle
I've been getting a number of adult colouring in books to review - except they've been in Afrikaans so I ignored them at first. Then I came across this book at my local supermarket and the idea just seemed so cool. A bit of research and I found that the concept was born out of wanting to create a space for stressed out adults to just relax and tap into their often-neglected creative sides. Anything goes when you're colouring. It's all about you. Here's my first attempt and I have to say it was the most cathartic 45 minutes of me-time I've spent in a while. Give it a try and let me know what you think. [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form] Looking…
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[caption id="attachment_994" align="alignnone" width="300"] One of the six books I received[/caption] The African Penguin Series by Lulu and Tee Two mothers from Kommetjie in the Western Cape have embarked on a remarkable journey – utilising their knowledge and talent to educate and entertain children, while raising funds for wildlife conservation in South Africa at the same time. Linda Fellowes (aka Lulu) and Theresa Acker (aka Tee) say on their website, they aim to make their books “fun and educational with a touch of magic”. I received six books – all a combination of quirky poetry, photographs from around the Cape, illustrations, important facts and useful information. All the photographs in the books have been taken by Lulu in and around Cape Town – from the aquarium to Boulders Beach, and Robben…
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The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (Penguin Random House) Sir Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel has hit the stands. And only Discworld fans will understand what I’m saying. If you aren’t a fan, skip to the next section now. Something is stirring in the hills known as the Chalk. Tiffany Aching, along with the animals in the Chalk, can feel it in their bones. It is an uneasy, ominous feeling as an old enemy regains strength. It is a time of endings and beginnings, and the shifting of power. An invasion will take place and the fairies must prepare. Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her to protect their realm. There will be a reckoning... The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne (Penguin Random House)…
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Papwa: Golf’s Lost Legend by Maxine Case (Kwela) In 1963 Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum was the first golfer of colour to win a provincial open in South Africa. Two years later he beat Gary Player to win the Natal Open for the second time. He also won the Dutch Open three times. But at the height of his career, Papwa was banned by the apartheid government from attending any PGA tournaments. The government also withdrew his passport, effectively denying him the right to play internationally. This is his story. Learning from Robben Island by Govan Mbeki (Kwela) This book is a compilation of essays written by Govan Mbeki while he was imprisoned on Robben Island. They were never intended for publication. They were meant to be read by other prisoners. Their…
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  Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal (Penguin Random House) When Ibby’s father dies in an accident in 1964, her mother abandons her in New Orleans with her grandmother Fannie. Fannie, who lives in an ornate uptown Victorian mansion, is unlike anyone Ibby has ever met – eccentric, prone to stints in the local asylum and the keeper of many dark, tragic family secrets. Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to guide Ibby in the ways of the South – both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.   Untouchable by Ava Marsh (Penguin Random House) Stella was loved, safe and respectable. One mistake changed all that. Now she’s an escort – living in a world of desire, betrayal and secrets. A friend (a fellow…
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Star Wars Reads Day

Books, Durban
Don't underestimate the power of reading. Celebrate International Star Wars Reads Day at Exclusive Books, Westille. Date: October 10 Time: 10.30am Call 031 265 0454 for more information. Looking for a great web host, try Hostking
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Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Touré (Blackbird Books) I first heard of Nakhane Touré when a colleague lent me his CD, Brave Confusion. Set mostly in the Eastern Cape, Piggy Boy’s Blues is a portrait of the M. family and centres mainly around Davide. Davide returns to Alice, the town of his birth. He is seeking peace and quiet, hoping to find it in his roots. But his return is not what he or the people living in his old house had bargained for. His uncle, Ndimphiwe, and the man he lives with, live a quiet existence. Davide’s return disturbs this and results in a string of tragedies. If Touré’s writing is anything like his music, then this book will be splendid. ... Icarus by Deon Meyer (Hodder & Stoughton) Captain Benny…
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Book launch news

Books, Durban
Join Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed for the launch of The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire at Ike’s Books and Collectibles on Florida Road. Date: Friday, October 2 Time: 5.30 for 6pm. RSVP is essential: Ike’s: e-mail or call 031 303 9214 Adams Books: e-mail or call 082 873 2702 Looking for a great web host, try Hostking
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