Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic

Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic

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Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic A while ago I was invited to enjoy a complimentary facial at the newly-opened Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic in Morningside. After a severe bout of flu, I felt my skin needed a bit of pampering and rehydration, so gladly accepted. Skin Renewal is part of the Renewal Institute, which claims to take an integrated approach to health and aesthetics. It consists of Skin, Body, Health, Brain and Sleep Renewal – each offering specialist treatments in those areas. The institute is one of the largest medical anti-aging companies in South Africa and boasts 16 branches nationwide. (more…)
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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…
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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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Why I’m glad I was forced to watch ‘Wonder Woman’

Why I’m glad I was forced to watch ‘Wonder Woman’

Durban, Lifestyle
Why I’m glad I was forced to watch ‘Wonder Woman’ Kiki is “my person”. It's a term that originated from one of my favourite television series, Grey’s Anatomy. “My person” is the one I go to for just about everything. She's the one I can't stay mad at and the one who supports me even when I refuse to say sorry. Being someone’s “person” is a commitment. I’ve started my blog with this explanation to contextualise why I capitulated – despite my every nerve railing against it – to watch Wonder Woman with Kiki as part of her birthday celebration. (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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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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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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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…
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On my desk

On my desk

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Neverwhere 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. 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,…
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