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  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

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    A wonderfully entertaining collection of vignettes on his life born to a white Swiss father and black Xhosa mother towards the end of apartheid, when mixed race unions were still illegal.

  • Brandwaterkom Deur Alexander Strachan

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    Die belofte wat Strachan met sy eerste roman, Dwaalpoort, getoon het, word verwesenlik in Brandwaterkom. Dit is een van die interessantste aanbiedings van historiese gegewens wat ek nog gelees het. In die hoofstorie figureer S.G. Vilonel, prokureur van Senekal, aanvanklik ‘n boere-kommandant in die ABO maar uiteindelik veroordeelde joiner. Toe generaal Prinsloo met 4000 boere-vegters in die Brandwaterkom vasgekeer was, was Vilonel die man wat die brief van oorgawe na die Britse owerstes gebring het. Maar daar is verskillende vertellers in die roman, en elkeen wil sy/haar verhaal op die voorgrond druk. Esther van Emmenes woon tydelik in die Brandwaterkom om deegliker navorsing oor die plaaslike gebeure tydens die ABO te kan doen vir haar tesis. Catharina Venter – wel, waar pas sy in die prentjie? Is sy werklik besig om Esther en Bullet te manipuleer sodat háár verhaal vertel kan word? En Bullet self; sy oorlogverhaal moet ook vertel word – altans, daar is ‘n verteller wat so dink. En hoe suiwer is elke verteller se motiewe? Eindelik lees ons vier stories wat met groot vaardigheid deur die bobaasverteller – Strachan self – in mekaar gevleg is.

  • Brave – Rose McGowan

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    McGowan was born and raised in the Children of God cult, and her angry memoir, Brave, vents her outrage at the injustice of being a victim of an even bigger cult: Hollywood. McGowan’s rape accusation against Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo  wave of women responding with similar claims.

  • Bridge of Clay – Marcus Zusak

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    It’s taken Zusak 13 years to write another book after his bestselling The Book Thief in 2005. This story involves a band of unsupervised brothers, who have been abandoned by their father and whose mother died from cancer some time ago.

  • Bring Up The Bodies (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy 2) – Hilary Mantel

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    ‘My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he’ll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he’ll cut off your leg,’ says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. ‘But if you don’t cut across him he’s a very gentleman. And he’ll stand anyone a drink.’ By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church.

  • Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

    0 out of 5

    For those already loyal readers, sold on Moxyland, Zoo City and Shining Girls, you’re in for a treat! And even if this is your first Beukes book, I can guarantee it won’t be your last. Broken Monsters is a multi-layered story that keeps you compulsively reading as the level of suspense rises steadily, your knuckles steadily whitening. Briefly, Detective Gabi Versado discovers a body: half-boy and half-deer have been fused together, and so the hunt for a very different type of killer begins. Her daughter Layla is a feisty and boundary-pushing teen, who, together with her best-friend, try to ‘out’ an online predator. But this is far more than a mere foray into the cheap thrills of the paranormal. The characters are complex, and the relationships sensitively portrayed, and she writes so superbly that it’s almost immaterial when you lose all circulation in your knuckles!

  • Brutal Legacy – Tracy Going

    0 out of 5

    Brutal Legacy is a memoir by Tracy Going, South African 90s glamorous television and radio broadcaster.

  • Camino Island – John Grisham

    0 out of 5

    The latest Grisham is less of a courtroom drama and more of a thriller.

  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

    0 out of 5

    The third in the series and this one takes a bit of a dark plunge. Robin receives a severed leg in the mail, and this is the start of what becomes a hunt for a serial killer linked to Strike’s past. I’m fond of series and enjoyed the more in-depth look at Robin’s past and her character. We discover a little more about why she stays with her awful fiancé. The levels of misogynistic violence are high and some scenes are disturbingly described from the killer’s point of view. He also stalks Robin, bent on revenge against Strike. The writing is great as usual, and the climactic end doesn’t disappoint in the slightest!

  • Cattle of Ages – Cyril Ramaphosa & Daniel Naude

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    Christmas Choice 2017

    In this majestic book, Cyril Ramaphosa reveals his passion and love for cattle as he introduces us to the magnificent Ankole cattle, originating in Uganda, and now, through his intervention, flourishing in South Africa.

  • Cion – Zakes Mda

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    Readers of Zakes Mda’s first novel, Ways of Dying, will remember the main character, Toloki, the homeless man who decided to create his own profession, that of professional mourning. This strange entrepreneurial trait in Mda’s characters resurfaces in The Whale Caller, where yet another vagrant sets himself up in opposition to the traditional ‘Whale Crier’ of Hermanus. In any event, Toloki is back in Cion, although it is not really necessary to read Ways of Dying first.

  • Circe – Madeline Miller

    0 out of 5

    Circe is the much-anticipated second book by Miller, author of acclaimed Song of Achilles. Miller is a classical scholar and uses myth in her narrative not just to embellish, but rather as a starting point, or inspiration, which she then ‘humanizes’ while remaining true to authentic classical detail.