Book Reviews

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  • All The Beautiful Girls

    All The Beautiful Girls – Elizabeth J. Church

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    In the summer of 1968, Ruby Wilde is the toast of Las Vegas. Showgirl of the Year, in her feathers and rhinestones, five-inch heels and sky-high headdresses, she mesmerises audiences from the Tropicana to the Stardust. Ratpackers and movie stars, gamblers and astronauts vie for her attention and shower her with gifts.

  • Alles begin met Anna

    Alles begin met Anna – Annemari Coetser

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    Coetser het uit haar eie familiegeskiedenis geput vir haar nuutste roman. Die hoofkarakter is gebaseer op Coetser se ma, Poppie. Sy is ’n lewenslustige jong vrou wie se vooruitsigte op ’n normale gesinslewe ’n groot knou kry wanneer sy die wrede waarheid oor haar ma, Anna, uitvind. Anna speel dus ook ’n kernrol in die verhaal.

  • Always Another Country

    Always Another Country – Sisonke Msimang

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    This is the much-anticipated memoir by Sisonke Msimang, a woman who spent her childhood exiled in Kenya and Zambia; her early academic career in America; who is active in Human Rights, HIV and Aids, and gender issues in South Africa and internationally.

  • Amazing Maurice

    Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett

    0 out of 5

    It’s A Rat-Eat-Rat World…Every town on Discworld knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice – a streetwise tomcat – leads a band of educated ratty friends (and a stupid kid) on a nice little earner. Piper plus rats equals lots and lots of money. Until they run across someone playing a different tune.

  • An Accident Waiting To Happen

    An Accident Waiting to Happen – Melinda Ferguson & Patricia Taylor

    0 out of 5

    Ever since the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, the topic of Oscar Pistorius’s innocence in the incident as been a subject of hot debate in our country; to what degree could his claim that the shooting was a tragic accident be believed? The trial has stretched on and on until finally, on Friday 12 September, the morning papers carried pictures of Oscar at the verdict of his trial, in tears of relief as the judge finds him not guilty of pre-meditated murder. Melinda Ferguson (author of autobiographies Smacked and Hooked) together with Patricia Taylor, mother of Samantha Taylor (Oscar’s recent ex-girlfriend), have written an account of the family’s close connection to Oscar and the insights gained into his troubled personality. A fascinating disparity between the public image of hero-against-all-odds and the trigger-happy, womanizing egocentric that was the reality is explored in this book. Finally we have some psychological insight into his personality, and perhaps a better understanding of the demons that drove him to final breaking point.

  • An American Marriage

    An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

    0 out of 5

    A touted favourite on Oprah’s Book Club and getting rave reviews. Celestial and Roy are a young, newly-weds, when Roy is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Roy is a hard-working, entrepreneurial black man who was showing every indication of realising his life’s goals: education, career and a happy marriage- the American Dream.

  • An Elephant In My Kitchen

    An Elephant In My Kitchen – Françoise Malby-Anthony R290

    0 out of 5

    Fans of the late Lawrence Anthony’s The Elephant Whisperer will be thrilled with the release of An Elephant In My Kitchen, written by his wife, Françoise Malby-Anthony. After Lawrence passed away it was up to Françoise to pick up where he left off and run the reserve at Thula Thula.

  • An Unsuitable Match

    An Unsuitable Match – Joanna Trollope

    0 out of 5

    I’ve always been a fan of Trollope and her latest title,An Unsuitable Match, is on a par with some of her best.

  • And Another Thing

    And Another Thing… – Eoin Colfer

    0 out of 5

    Arthur Dent’s accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released and colourfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

  • Artemis

    Artemis – Andy Weir

    0 out of 5

    Christmas Choice 2017

    You grew up on the moon, of course you have a dark side… Jazz is a small time criminal, subsidising work as a porter on the moon with smuggling a little contraband. But it’s never enough. When she’s offered the chance to get rich quick she jumps at it.

  • At My Table

    At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking – Nigella Lawson

    0 out of 5

    Christmas Choice 2017

    Nigella Lawson is a champion of the home cook and her new book celebrates the food she loves to cook for friends and family.

  • At The Edge Of The Orchard

    At the Edge of the Orchard – Tracy Chevalier

    0 out of 5

    Tracy Chevalier’s minutely-researched historical novels are a pleasure to read. The only other one I’ve read is Beautiful Creatures, which I  loved. As a history-lover I particularly enjoy an author whose account of historical fact in a fictional context can be trusted. The story starts with a pioneering family, James and Sadie Goodenough and their children, landing up in the swamps of Ohio in 1838. There they try to grow the requisite 50 trees to secure their land claim. But a swamp is not an ideal place for an apple orchard; an unsuitability extends to their marriage and dysfunctional family unit. The narrative then jumps to 1853 as their son Robert travels through California, and this raises questions around the circumstances of his departure. Robert meets the genuine John Chapman (AKA Johnny Appleseed) through his occupation of collecting seeds for wealthy English buyers. Richly described, full of fascinating botanic detail and evocatively written.