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  • Boy Made Blocks

    A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart

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    R285.00

    Sam is eight-years-old and has high-functioning autism. His parents are Alex and Jody, and their marriage is increasingly strained by the fact that Alex is unable to parent his son in any way.

  • A Different Class

    A Different Class by Joanne Harris

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    R305.00

    An excellent, brooding drama with some of the same characters from an earlier book, Gentlemen and Players. The characters and storyline stand alone, and it is not necessary to have read the first.  Roy Straightley is Latin Master at St Oswalds Grammar School in North Yorkshire. Over the years he has taught many boys; a few of which stand out in his memory – mostly because of their troubled natures. The story is narrated by two voices; one of which is the dry, witty voice of Straightley. The other voice is initially anonymous, and in the form of the diary entries of a seriously disturbed mind. I enjoyed trying to match up this second voice with the array of characters as observed by Straightley. Suspense is built up by the feeling and expectation of the meeting place of these two converging stories. Gripping and entirely absorbing.

  • Legacy Of Spies

    A Legacy of Spies – John le Carré

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    R295.00

    Master of the spy thriller, Le Carré’s new book compounds his own legacy of publishing at a pitch for six decades. Peter Guillam is an old, long-retired spy who receives an unwelcome summons to answer questions surrounding a treachery in Berlin during the Cold War.

  • A Spool of Blue Thread

    A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

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    R285.00

    Tyler is a prolific author and I have only read two of her previous novels: Breathing Lessons and Accidental Tourist – both of which I loved. She is known for her well-realised characters and family sagas and her new book is a no exception. The story of the Witshank family across three generations is told in such a masterful way that even though it’s a story of an average family it becomes a compelling masterpiece. I think this is partly Tyler’s gift. Her characters are complex, likable, quirky and very realistically flawed people who become ‘real in the telling’. Abby and Red are growing old and their children come together at the family home to discuss how they are going to help them. There are rivalries, jealousies and all the expected dysfunction inherent in all families. Tyler writes sensitively, often with gentle humour and insight. Highly recommended.

  • A Strangeness in My Mind

    A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

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    R320.00

    Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature, and an author known for his enduring love for his home city Istandbul, Orhan Pamuk has written  his masterpiece, A Strangeness in My Mind. Briefly, although it’s hard to be brief with a book such as this, the story follows the life of Mevlut, a boza (fermented drink) seller, and his family from 1969 to 2012 in Istanbul. Mevlut’s personal history is set against a backdrop of Istanbul, and described from his view point. Forty years of change, socially, culturally, politically is experienced, and retold through the simplicity of his yearnings, desires and experiences. This is a remarkably written book, multilayered and dense with meaning and description. The monumental approach of the novel is kept in tight rein with Pamuk’s simple, stirring and often ironic prose. Don’t be put off by the sheer length and scale of it; highly recommended.

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    A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

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    R195.00

    Miriam is a harami, an illegitimate child, who is forced to marry Rasheed when she is only fifteen. Laila is a strong independent young woman who is planning on studying at university when, some years later, she too catches the eye of Rasheed and becomes his second wife.

  • About Last Night

    About Last Night – Catherine Alliott

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    R295.00

    There’s a place for the light-hearted and funny read, a beacon in the currently popular sea of serial killers and Nordic Noir. With that in mind, About Last Night will buoy you up and make you giggle. Molly is trapped in the country after her husband dies, leaving her with three children to rear and very little money to do it with.

  • After You

    After You by Jojo Moyes

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    R285.00

    The much-anticipated sequel to Me Before You: Lou is attempting to move on with her life and Will’s absence is felt as much by the reader as Lou. But she attends a group and eventually meets a new man, and then in a further turn of unexpected events, a newcomer causes her to make ‘an about turn’ and question her future path once again. Moyes has a singular gift in her creation of warm, funny and beloved characters that have the ability to make the reader laugh and cry. This is definitely a book for fans – who will get to participate in Lou’s life again.

  • Aleph

    Aleph – Paulo Coelho

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    R160.00

    In a frank and surprising personal story, one of the world’s most beloved authors embarks on a remarkable and transformative journey of self-discovery. Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, Paulo decides to start over: to travel, to experiment,

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    All That Man Is – David Szalay

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    R340.00

    SHORTLISTED FOR MAN BOOKER 2016 Here are nine men. Each of them is at a different stage in life, each of them is away from home, and each of them is striving – in the suburbs of Prague, in an over-developed Alpine village, beside a Belgian motorway, in a crap Cypriot hotel – to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now.

  • At The Edge Of The Orchard

    At the Edge of the Orchard – Tracy Chevalier

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    R330.00

    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.

  • Beatrice And Virgil

    Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel

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    R195.00

    This is Yann Martel’s first novel since the phenomenally successful Life of Pi won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 2001. Anyone expecting a sequel to that wonderful book is likely to be disappointed.