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» In the kitchen with Cariema Isaacs
April 22, 2016

1. My first food memory is…the smell of warm aromatic spices when koesisters are being fried on a Sunday morning in Bo-Kaap. The koesisters are then dunked in glistening sugar syrup and sprinkled with beautiful snow white flakes of desiccated coconut. 2. My top tips for home cooks are…...
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» Press Release: New Zealand production company Stinkwood Films options Zirk van den Berg’s novel HALF OF ONE THING
March 31, 2016

Movie rights to Zirk van den Berg’s period novel Half of One Thing have been optioned by independent producer Neil Sonnekus of Stinkwood Films. ‘It’s a wonderful read,’ Sonnekus said of the book. ‘I fell for the “historical record” hook, line and sinker. It&...
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» In the kitchen with Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
March 30, 2016

1. My first food memory is…choking on eating too many fresh garden peas at once in my grandfather's garden. I was 4. 2. My top tips for home cooks are…be inspired but follow your own taste. If you're not certain just add cream or butter. 3. The one utensil / appliance in my k...
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» Penguin Random House announces CASPAR LEE by Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee
March 08, 2016

SA PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 2016  AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW Penguin Random House, Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee, announced today the upcoming release of Caspar Lee. With more than 7.6 million subscribers across his two channels, Caspar Lee is one of the biggest YouTube stars in the wo...
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» Revealed! The cover of the rediscovered Beatrix Potter tale KITTY-IN-BOOTS, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
March 01, 2016

Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally written. London – 1 March 2016 For the first time, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of...
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» In the kitchen with Zola Nene
February 22, 2016

  1. My first food memory is… Crushing green mealies with my grandmother to make steamed mealie bread. 2. My top tips for home cooks are… Keep your knives sharp. Don't be so hard on yourself - if a recipe doesn't quite work out the first time you make it, give it another...
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» Two Books from Jamie Oliver in 2016
February 19, 2016

Michael Joseph is thrilled to announce that we will be publishing two books from Jamie Oliver in 2016. The first book will be around the subject of healthy eating for the family and the second title will be a long awaited Christmas book. With further details around each title to be released in the f...
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» Brink biography by Leon de Kock to be published by Umuzi
February 16, 2016

A biography of the late André Brink written by Leon de Kock will be published in 2018 by Umuzi. De Kock, who currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is a South African writer, translator, and academic who recently translated Brink’s letters to the poet Ingrid Jonker ...
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» In the kitchen with Sarah Graham
January 26, 2016

1. My first food memory is… There are a lot, but one is my mother collecting waterblommetjies from a pond in her gumboots near Hermanus where we were living at the time. Another is my Gran's shortbread, I've still never tasted anything like it.  2. My top tips for home coo...
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» Q&A with Paul Duncan, author of SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS AT HOME
May 15, 2015

1. What inspired you to begin researching and writing your book 'South African Artists at Home'? It's an area of life that's completely uncharted. There's an incredible world of contemporary art in South Africa and yet for the most part we're only ever on the outside lo...
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» Die storie van Die Naaimasjiene, deel 1
Theunis Engelbrecht
February 16, 2015

Nadat Papegaaislaai in Oktober verlede jaar by Umuzi verskyn het, het mense wat agterop die boek gesien het ek was in Die Naaimasjiene my allerhande lastige vrae begin vra daaroor. Toe dink ek ek kan dit maar net sowel op hierdie blog beantwoord, dan is dit afgehandel. Dit het alles begin toe ek op ...
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» New from Darrel Bristow-Bovey {One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo}
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
October 31, 2014

If you don’t choose your midlife crisis, your crisis will choose you. Darrel Bristow-Bovey has tried his best to deny to himself that he’s getting older, but you can’t hide from the truth in the changing-room mirror. One day, surrounded by sharks on a small boat in the Indian Ocean...
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» Review of Magisterium 01: The Iron Trial
October 17, 2014

Chris Naish joined Random House Struik for a week during October to job shadow. He made his way through the various departments at Random House Struik to find out more about the publishing industry, what actually goes on and who does what. The team in the marketing department are pretty confident th...
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» Spicy Bean Balls Recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen
October 07, 2014

Do you remember Mellissa Bushby from The Vegetarian Kitchen? Well, we’re super excited because she’s back with a new cookbook, Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen. It’s a collection of favourite recipes from this seasoned vegetarian who has learnt through trial and error. Mellis...
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» Book review: Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg
June 24, 2014

Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg (Umuzi) By: Women24 In an alternative South Africa, the Gaia Peace party has been in power for the past ten years. Somehow, its combination of New Age beliefs and social welfare policies have ‘cured’ crime.  Unfortunately it all seems too good to last...
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» Grimms Fairy Tale
June 24, 2014

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm (Vintage Classics)  By: Women24 What a marvellous little collection of tales.  Strange, creepy, romantic and filled with all manner of twisty things, Grimm’s anthology of fairy tales is one of those classics that should be on every fabl...
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» The Writers Write Interview - Susan Lewis
June 24, 2014

Author: Susan Lewis Interviewer: Amanda Patterson   We loved hosting Susan Lewis, international best-selling author of more than 30 novels.  Susan was in South Africa to promote her latest novel, Never Say Goodbye. She charmed the audience with her stories and her sense...
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» The Quick by Lauren Owen
May 28, 2014

Reviewed by Desere The year is 1892, James Norbury is a shy would be poet, coming down from Oxford he seeks somewhere to call home and ends up living with a young aristocrat.  This seems like any other newly acquired friendship as they build a relationship bonding ...
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» Sister Moon
May 28, 2014

Reviewed by Desere  Catherine has it all, she's a successful film maker, has the prefect family, a loving supportive husband and a very bright ten year old daughter. The only snag in her happiness is that her beloved father is busy deteriorating, he slips further away every day and sa...
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» Andrew Brown - 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival Launch Speech
May 20, 2014

I want to talk about books tonight.  The idea of books, the importance of books, the love of books. Tonight you have heard from Niq Mhlongo, a rising star amongst the new breed of writers in South Africa.  The front cover of Niq’s book says “Niq Mhlongo comes of age.”&nbs...
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» A conversation with Arianna Huffington, author of THRIVE
May 12, 2014

What’s wrong with the current definition of success? Our definition of success right now is based almost solely on money and power. In fact, success, money and power have practically become synonymous. And so to succeed, we lead lives of overwork, sleep-deprivation and burnout. These are actua...
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» The Quick by Lauren Owen: Q&A
April 29, 2014

By Alexandra Heminsley Posted: Thursday 24 April 2014   This spring’s most talked about debut is Lauren Owen’s Victorian gothic blockbuster The Quick. Both Hilary Mantel and Kate Atkinson have declared themselves fans and the heat around the book i...
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» A Q&A with Anna McPartlin - The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
April 22, 2014

You used to be a stand-up comedian. How different is writing to stand-up comedy? I was a stand-up comedian for a very short period but during that time it became incredibly clear that I was much happier writing the material than performing it. Hearing people laugh at your jokes is addictive but not ...
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» Work/Life interview with Zoe Wicomb
April 03, 2014

BY ALEXANDER MATTHEWS Zoë Wicomb’s novels include You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town and David’s Story (which won the M-Net prize); she has just launched her newest – October. She is currently based in Glasgow where she serves as Emeritus Professor ...
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» The Kept: Q&A with James Scott
March 18, 2014

1) Can you tell us what The Kept is about and why you think readers would enjoy it? The Kept is set in the winter of 1897 in upstate New York in the United States. The story opens when midwife Elspeth Howell returns to her isolated farmstead to find her family has been murdered. All save one of her ...
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» My friend Alan
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
March 14, 2014

I want to tell you about my friend Alan, but when I try, I always seem to start with the thin man.                 Once on a flight from Amsterdam to Vienna I was happy to have an empty seat beside me, but at the last minute an extraordinary man came yelling a...
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» 10 Questions for Jassy Mackenzie
March 11, 2014

Jassy Mackenzie took us all by surprise last year when she wrote Folly, a local S&M erotica novel like never before! When we think Jassy, we think Jade de Jongh, we think crime fiction and we know she’s oh-so-sweet so how could she do a complete 360 and write an erotic novel? Well, we don&...
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» Easy Cooking
March 07, 2014

Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen is a homely and unpretentious cookbook. As the title so aptly states, Nina makes cooking easy by using affordable, locally available ingredients and recipes that will inspire one and all to cook with love!  With over 100 recipes there is something for...
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» The Murder Bag Blog by Tony Parsons
March 03, 2014

CRIME BLOG ANSWERS by TONY PARSONS   1.     My favourite scary word is… My favourite scary word is eviscerate – to remove the entrails of something living. You just know that’s going to hurt in the morning.  2.     If you could hav...
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» Sarah Graham's Easiest-ever Red Velvet Cake
February 07, 2014

We’re super excited that food blogger (and newly famous TV chef) Sarah Graham has graced us with a new cookbook, aptly titled smitten. in the month of love! We drooled over bitten. when it first came out, trying as many recipes as possible and bringing in all sorts of yummy goodies t...
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» Someone to look up to
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
January 24, 2014

This is about my Uncle Jim.          My Uncle Jim is 97 years old. When he was born South Africa was still a part of the British Empire. When the First World War ended, he was already in school, playing jacks and tops and bowling a hoop. He was alive when Tita...
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» Our Top 10 bestselling reads of 2013
January 23, 2014

It’s a new year which means new books and new resolutions! Whatever your new year reading resolution is, we'd love to help out! Firstly, take a look at our New Year, New You selection of books to step into a new you in 2014. Begin your detox with The New Atkins Made Easy, start your fitne...
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» 2013 Festive Season Gift Guide
December 12, 2013

We’ve pulled out all the stops to put together a list of the ultimate books that will make the perfect gift for pretty much anyone. It’ll make shopping this festive season easier on you, leaving you with more time to eat, drink, and be merry and besides, who wouldn’t love a book fo...
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» Dis uiteindelik Vrydag - ons gunsteling dag van die week!
Kobus Galloway
November 01, 2013

Dis uiteindelik Vrydag - ons gunsteling dag van die week! En die beste manier om ‘n week af te sluit (en ‘n nuwe maand te begin) is om ‘n bietjie pret te hê, so ons het ‘n splinternuwe Kobus Galloway tekenprent vir julle om die kop ‘n bietjie wakker te maak. ...
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» The (almost) lost art of letter-writing
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
September 10, 2013

All my life, I’ve wanted to be a correspondent. I don’t mean a foreign correspondent or someone who goes to wars – I mean someone who writes letters to someone and receives letters back: long letters and quick notes; letters written in leisure and in haste at writing desks or on th...
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» The secret agent within my head
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
August 12, 2013

I have just finished reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head, his account of how he has been haunted at strange moments in his life by the plots and characters of Graham Greene’s novels. I envy Pico Iyer for having so admirable a phantom as Graham Greene: mine is James Bond. The first...
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» 'Against the dying of the light'
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
July 11, 2013

Like most South Africans in recent weeks, I have been thinking about what it means to grow old, to grow weak and to run out of time. If I take too much after my father, I am two-thirds of the way there. If I take after my grandmother, ninety-eight last weekend, I’m still short of halfway. Eith...
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» Reflections on love
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
June 06, 2013

Recently I’ve been thinking about love stories. Perhaps it’s because I am myself in love. I am no longer young and have been in love before, so maybe that’s why it feels as if all the love stories we most love are either incomplete or overly complete – they either stop when l...
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» In praise of Sea Point
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
May 07, 2013

In Paris recently I became depressed by the thought that I don’t live in a first-floor apartment on the rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques, across the way from a Tibetan restaurant, around the corner from the Pantheon, rue Soufflot and the eastern entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens.  &nb...
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» Spoil Mom this Mother's Day with a Good Book!
May 06, 2013

Moms are super special and while we can spoil them on their birthdays and at Christmas, there’s nothing quite like a day dedicated especially to our hard working, ever caring moms! This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we’ve got a great selection of reads that will make the perfect gift ...
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» A legacy of books and stories
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
April 05, 2013

My father would be ninety-two this month if he hadn’t died in 1981. In the final years before he died, my father mainly did two things – or three, if you count banging his walking stick on the ceiling and shouting at the Houghton kids upstairs to turn down their music. The black rubber t...
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» Top 6 Easter Holiday Reads
March 27, 2013

Whether you are soaking up the last of the summer sun on the beach, relaxing in the bush or just taking some time out at home on the couch this Easter – these books will keep you intrigued and entertained! Here are our top 6 Easter holiday reads. THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE {Ayana Mathis}...
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» The Spiral House by Claire Robertson
February 14, 2013

About the book: Katrijn van der Caab, freed slave and wigmaker’s apprentice, travels with her eccentric employer from Cape Town to Vogelzang, a remote farm where a hairless girl needs their services. The year is 1794, it is the age of enlightenment, and on Vogelzang the master is conducting st...
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» Emerald Star by Jacqueline Wilson
February 12, 2013

Taken from the review done by Elizabeth Hawksley of the Historical Novel Society. 1891. Fourteen-year-old Hetty Feather has had a life of adventure but also tragedy. Left in an orphanage as a baby, she was fostered with the Cotton family. Later, she went into service – but was sacked...
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» Coining new words a sorry tale
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
February 08, 2013

Coining new words – a sorry tale For some time now, I’ve been trying to invent a new word. Well, that’s not quite true – I’ve invented plenty of new words, mostly late at night while enjoying a glass of liquid late-supper in the slightly furtive company of RuPaul’...
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» Durban Chicken Curry with Homemade Rotis
February 04, 2013

Taken from Munch by Hein Scholtz. I love this curry because it’s so easy. I like to make my own rotis and eat it with my hands! INGREDIENTS 1½ cups cake flour ½ cup warm water pinch of salt sunflower oil 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 2 medium onions, peeled and diced 3...
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» Kirstenbosch: The most beautiful garden in Africa by Brian J. Huntley
January 18, 2013

Taken from the review done by Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa. This beautiful coffee table book, written by acclaimed South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley, was published in honour of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens' centenary. Through vivid photogr...
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» The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
January 10, 2013

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (Releasing in February 2013) was recently picked for Oprah’s Book Club! A dream come true for any novelist is a call from Oprah Winfrey with the news that their novel has been chosen for her book club... That dream recently came true for Ayana M...
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» A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
January 07, 2013

Taken from the review done by Keith Millar of Art Smart. Intense, moving and sometimes harrowing work of fiction makes for an absorbing read. There is no doubt that A Possible Life by award winning and multi best-selling author, Sebastian Faulks, is a very good book indeed. Subtitled A Novel In...
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» Rapture by Lauren Kate
December 20, 2012

Reviewed by Ulrike Hill of Writers Write. I am a fan of Lauren Kate. Her imagination is astounding. Kate has taken an esoteric idea and turned it into a supernatural story. Her stories are about Lucifer, a fallen angel. The other angels need to stop him from erasing the past and controlling the...
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» The best of the best for Christmas gifts
December 14, 2012

FICTION: Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson - Will Detective Alex Cross be able to save the day? Another brilliant thriller from bestselling James Patterson. The Bat by Jo Nesbo - Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide p...
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» Wool by Hugh Howey
December 04, 2012

Reviewed by Angela Thomson of Random House Struik. I realise that dystopian fiction is not for everyone and I certainly climbed into my proof copy of Wool by Hugh Howey with long teeth. I was expecting the usual dystopian set-up: soupy, porridgey gruel for every meal; dark, dank, cramped living...
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» Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James
November 28, 2012

Taken from the review done by Kelsey Gulliver of Female First. "For months the simple cover of the book taunted me - the silver satin tie lying ever so appealingly against a background as black as sin itself. I felt the blush creep up my heated cheeks, fifty shades of red as I quickly scammed the co...
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» The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods by Jamala Safari
November 26, 2012

Reviewed by Friederike Bubenzer of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation "I have tended to shy away from the many books that have emerged over the last years which tell the gruesome and often unbelievable stories of child soldiers in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Though this literatu...
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» Home Remedies by Diane Awerbuck
November 09, 2012

Reviewed by Jonathan Amid "After finishing Diane Awerbuck’s latest novel, Home Remedies, successor to Gardening at Night, I sat dumbfounded, almost in tears, thinking to myself: How do I describe this evocative novel to someone who loves reading? How to make sense of this work w...
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» A forest of reasons not to write a novel
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
November 05, 2012

Say, are you writing a novel at the moment? Oh now, go on, don’t be shy, you’re not alone. Well, you are alone, obviously, in the sense that we are all of us alone on this long lurch down the darkling trail between the cradle and the grave, and also in the sense that writing a novel, if ...
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» Cellarmasters in the Kitchen: Cape Winemakers Guild, 30 years of excellence. By Wendy Toerien
October 26, 2012

Reviewed by Shante Hutton "The book itself is a beautiful blend of insights and stories from the 45 Guild members that are inspiring and often humorous combined with two of their much loved recipes which they pair with their own wines.  The photos are gorgeous and the recipes that are chosen lo...
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» A Wanted Man by Lee Child
October 26, 2012

"Ex-military cop and now the man who wanders the US with nothing more than a disposable toothbrush (sometimes), Reacher has become one of the best-loved heroes in fiction. Obviously, he’s tall, handsome, super-smart and deadly to bad guys. Women fall in love him wherever he goes, and men envy ...
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» The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs (LitNet)
October 25, 2012

"The Miracle of Crocodile Flats hits the shelves marketed as “an affectionate satire”. With the sighting of a brown-skinned Virgin Mary in a small South African village as its starting point, Hobbs offers readers some cascading, character-driven impressions. It is a vision of oursel...
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» Josh Thirion (author of Cook with Josh) talks to KFM
September 28, 2012

"Nine-year-old Josh Thirion, author of Cook with Josh, was interviewed by Ryan O’Connor on KFM earlier this month. Thirion, South Africa’s youngest published author, said that Masterchef Australia inspired him to write a cookbook and that the first thing he ever made ...
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» Nougat and Ice Cream Cake with Hot Raspberry Sauce
September 27, 2012

Taken from Scrumptious Food for Family and Friends by Jane-Anne Hobbs. “What I love about ice-cream cakes is that they’re so versatile – you can add anything that takes your fancy.” Jane-Anne Hobbs shares this recipe from her delightful cookbook, Scrumptious Food for Fam...
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» Peaches for Monsieur le Cur by Joanne Harris
September 26, 2012

"Like the tasty peaches of the title, I devoured every succulent morsel of Joanne Harris’s sequel to Chocolat. That first novel ended with the entrancing Vianne Rocher, chocolate maker and reader of people’s emotions, leaving the little village of Lansquenet and heading to Paris. I love ...
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» Scrumptious Food for Family and Friends by Jane-Anne Hobbs
September 20, 2012

"At a time when most cookbooks focus on meals in minutes and shortcuts to feeding the family, this title is both refreshing and reassuring: there are young food writers out there who are spreading the word, along with plenty of butter, that the creation of memorable meals requires time, basic skills...
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» Delectable Pinot Noir-poached pear brle tart
September 19, 2012

Taken from Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards by Olive Hamilton Russell.  One of the earliest references to pears is found in Homer’s Odyssey, where pears are called ‘a gift of the gods’. With its warm sweet flavours, this tart is the kitchen’s winter g...
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» No Child of Mine by Susan Lewis
September 18, 2012

When it comes to writing from the heart, Susan Lewis is a professional – with 28 titles to her name, and a reputation for packing heavy punches in the content ring. She’s one of Britain’s, and the Sunday Time’s, best-selling novelists, and is unafraid to tackle any subject ma...
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» Salman Rushdie, author of Joseph Anton, speaks to M&G
September 17, 2012

"I invent in the book this imaginary newspaper called the Daily Insult... For me that was a really difficult aspect of this because if enough mud is thrown with sufficient force it sticks, and I think that for a long time a lot of people, in England anyway and beyond England, because these stor...
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» The Missing Rose by Serdar zkan
September 03, 2012

Many comparisons have been made between this novel, and the works of Paulo Coelho, and (the beloved) Antoine de Saint Exupéry. A debut novel from this author, a sense of ethereal magic wraps itself around you, slowly pulling you into the story, page by page, leaving you riveted and unable to ...
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» Love, Sex, Fleas, God by Bruce Clark
September 03, 2012

Telling the truth can be difficult. It can mean that you hurt someone you care about, but it can also mean you have to own up to an action or a thought of your own of which you may not be proud. In Love, Sex, Fleas, God, Bruce Clark tells the truth in his own witty, intelligent and wise manner, and ...
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