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  • At the Edge of the Orchard – Tracy Chevalier

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    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.

  • Auschwitz Lullaby – Mario Escobar

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    Helene Hannemann, a German woman, elects to go with her Gypsy husband and children when they are arrested, and taken to Auschwitz concentration camp.

  • Barbarian Days : A Surfing Life – William Finnegan

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    Barbarian Days is an account of the life of a serious surfer. Finnegan displays his passion and dedication for his calling in the factual, almost journal style descriptions of surfing conditions and techniques..

  • Bare Ground – Peter Harris

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    Christmas Choice 2017

    As the head of Wits Mining, the last major mining company to do an empowerment deal, Max Sinclair has a mandate from the board and a clear directive: to sell a share of the company to a black consortium. Born and bred in the city that remains, at heart, a mining camp built on gold and the greed of men, Max is used to being a player in the high-stakes game of deals and political influence, and he keeps his cards close to his chest.

  • Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel

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    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.

  • Becoming – Michelle Obama

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    Touted as one of the biggest season’s releases: Michelle Obama is one of the most iconic, influential women of our time.

  • Birdseye – Maire Fisher

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    Bird, as she is known to her family, is the youngest in a family of six children. When her twin brothers go missing Bird starts to keep a journal of family events so she can update them on their return. The family lives in a mansion, overlooking a small fictitious town and harbour set near Simons Town. This is Bird’s grandmother’s home, and she rules it from her top storey lair. She is cruel and malicious and manipulates the family into total compliancy. What makes this book so special is the convincing voice of Bird as a child, as she records the years passing and the trials faced by the family. It is a story of love and loss, family dynamics and self-discovery, and its wonderful characters completely entranced me. I felt like a part of the family. This is a book to buy and keep with other favourites.

  • Blood On Their Hands – Jessica Pitchford

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    When Johan Booysen hears that the new Provincial Police Chief takes backhanders from a Durban businessman, he decides to give her the benefit of the doubt. But the evidence becomes impossible to ignore and he soon gets dragged down the corridors of power and politics into a web of intrigue, deceit and betrayal that, at times, he has trouble making sense of.

  • Blou Is Nie ‘n Kleur Nie – Carin Krahtz

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    Christmas Choice 2017

    Na die ongeluk drie jaar gelede val die oënskynlik gelukkige Vorster-gesin se lewens uitmekaar.

  • Bolshoi Confidential – Simon Morrison

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    A tumultuous history of the iconic Bolshoi Ballet company: the pinnacle of glory of reigning tsars and mighty soviet alike.

  • Boodskapper Van Die Gode – Murray La Vita

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    Hierdie bundel is ’n keur uit die essays, rubrieke en sketse  van die bekende en bekroonde Netwerk24-skrywer. Dit strek oor ’n groot deel van sy lewe, ervarings in oorsese lande asook tuis in Kaapstad en die wyer Wes-Kaap.

  • Books That Changed History – DK

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    Christmas Choice 2017

    Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world’s most celebrated, rare, and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury.