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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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» Book review: Creativity, Inc.
July 24, 2014

By Ryan Noik 18 July 2014 It’s not very often that you come across a virtual goldmine of inspiration, but Creativity, Inc. along with being an entertaining read, is also a rich reservoir of business insight. While Creativity, Inc., written by Ed Catmull, the president of Pi...
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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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» Book review: An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids
June 24, 2014

An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids (Umuzi) By: Women24  Nadia Davids has made a name for herself as a playwright (At Her Feet, Cissie) of great intelligence and sensitivity, with a real understanding and affection for South Africa and its people.  It is these qualities, and a deftness o...
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» The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda
June 24, 2014

The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda (Umuzi - Random House Struik, 2014) Let the world become a brotherhood before it becomes a neighborhood," is a 20th century expression that implores us to improve the quality of our relationships before technology increases their number and complexity. The bad ne...
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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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» The Murder Bag by Toni Parsons - REVIEW
May 23, 2014

Reviewed by Desere - Psycho Thriller Review Blog The read tells of seven school friends, just like everyone they bonded with each other because they had no choice due to the school not being your everyday run of the mill school. This school takes "worthless" kids and turns them into men of...
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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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» Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (releasing March 2013)
February 05, 2013

Taken from the review done by Milo of Milo Rambles. Ghostman by Roger Hobbs is a remarkable debut title. Published by Doubleday/Transworld it is astonishing, breath-taking, electrifying and everything in between! A prime example of a book that sucks you in from the very first page and does...
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» Save me from the Lion's Mouth by James Clarke
January 30, 2013

Taken from the review done by Ed Lemke of Pretoria News. The lion will always conjure up fear and respect in our minds, but imagine living in an isolated part of the bush where your neighbours are taken regularly for the lion’s dinner and no one can do anything about it. Many of Afri...
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» The Art of Losing by Luke Alfred
January 29, 2013

Taken from the review done by Drew Forrest of Mail and Guardian. Despite its subtitle, Luke Alfred's thoughtful and nuanced book about South Africa's serial failures in the Cricket World Cup does not set out to show that the national side are "chokers". In fact, using a distincti...
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» Shadow by Carel van der Merwe (You review)
January 29, 2013

Taken from the review done by John Phillips of You magazine. Van der Merwe revisits Paul du Toit, a former Special Forces operative whom fans got to know in his previous offerings, No Man’s Land and Shark. After years spent living in London with his Czech girlfriend, Monica, Pau...
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» Rat Roads by Jacques Pauw
January 28, 2013

Taken from the review done by Victoria Schneider and Charles Cilliers of City Press. The book tells a remarkable story of a man who lived through the 1994 machete killings – the most intense and bloodiest example of genocide in modern history – only to later head out on an incr...
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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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» Philida by Andre Brink
January 17, 2013

Taken from the review done by Durban North Fever. If you have ever cursed your lot in life, felt trapped or pulled down, Philida will show you that you know very little about suffering compared to a slave in 1832.  Brink tells this story with a depth of feeling and empathy that is extremely mov...
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» Extreme Environment by Ivo Vegter
January 08, 2013

Taken from the review done by Environment, People and Conservation in Africa magazine. In a nutshell, Vegter argues that in many cases exaggeration by environmental activists, journalists, and even scientists, about the severity and impact of a wide variety of human activities, results in misinforma...
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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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» Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
January 04, 2013

Taken from the review done by Cassey Toi of Women24. The book started me on a “must read more of what she wrote” and “oooh she’s on Twitter must follow” course. I find Caitlin Moran to be a lot of what the modern feminist should be.  She discusses how she...
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» 100 Moments That Mattered by Peter Joyce
January 04, 2013

Taken from the review done by Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa. The book is divided into seven parts, and includes well-known events such as the Great Trek; the birth of Johannesburg; the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak which killed 140 000 people in seven weeks in South Africa;...
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» The Terrible Ones by Piet Nortje
January 03, 2013

Taken from the review done by Martin Rhodes of Business Day Live. Picking up the first volume of The Terrible Ones was a bit daunting — I had to adjust to the fine print and the weight of the book in my hands. I thought I was in for a long and tedious read, but I flew through the pro...
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» The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs
January 03, 2013

Taken from the review done by Jenny de Klerk of The Star. Billed as an affectionate satire, this is a hoot of a book, warm, witty with a gentle chuckle of recognition and humour on just about every page. It’s a feel-good tale with an ending you only wish could be true. No matter, it ...
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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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» 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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» Southern African Sea Life: A Guide for Young Explorers by Sophie von der Heyden
November 09, 2012

Reviewed by Wilma den Hartigh "The guide provides parents of young children with answers to such questions and older children who can read can browse through the book by themselves to find out more about their rock pool discoveries. There are many interesting facts contained in the book. Even a...
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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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» My 100 Favourite Herbs by Margaret Roberts
November 09, 2012

Reviewed by Martin Hatchuel "This book is like having her in your garden with you. Her Herbal Centre isn’t just a business: it’s where she and her team grow and test the plants about which she writes, and record their findings – and where she established a seed bank in 2006 (i...
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» Paths to Pubs: A guide to hikes and pints in the Cape Peninsula by Tony Burton
November 08, 2012

Reviewed by Martin Hatchuel "Author Tony Burton is one of us: he’s completed more than 750 hikes and 80 trails but – this is why he’s one of us – he’s also lead some 250 excursions. So we can trust that he knows his stuff – and when he describes some of the h...
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» The Outdoor Survival Bible by Rob Beattie
November 08, 2012

Reviewed by Martin Hatchuel "This dip-into kind of book should be required reading for everyone. It’s written in a tight, matter-of-fact style (I don’t really like to use the cliché, but it works), and covers everything: getting ready, to getting stuck, getting lost, getting ...
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» Mike Lundys Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula
November 08, 2012

Reviewed by Martin Hatchuel "It describes 30 of the best walks in the Peninsula - and although the Kaapenaars will say that means the best walks in the world, even we inferior beings have to admit that they’re each one of them quite spectacular. This eighth edition has been completely revised,...
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» Another Time, Another Life by Lief GW Persson
November 07, 2012

Reviewed by Helmo Preuss "The book is the latest in the great Swedish crime-fiction tradition that began in the 1960s and builds on the sardonic wit and bleak "Weltanschau (world view)" of the previous generation of writers. Another Time, Another Life takes place in Sweden some time early in this ce...
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» Wonder by R.J. Palacio
November 07, 2012

Reviewed by Antony Altbeker.  "Wonder, as countless headline writers have said, is wondrous. It's written for children, but I wept at its conclusion. And its message - that choosing to be kind is almost always the right choice - is one every child should learn. Read it." Read the rest of t...
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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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» Shadow by Carel van der Merwe (IOL review)
October 26, 2012

Reviewed by Renee Rautenbach "In Shadow, acclaimed writer Carel van der Merwe returns to Paul du Toit, main character of his debut novel No Man’s Land (2007), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and the M-Net Literary Award. Shadow has much more than is required of the average sus...
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» Ardmore - We Are Because of Others by Fe Halsted
October 26, 2012

"In my experience, there are four kinds of people who use the word "ubuntu".  There are the windbag politicians and pseudo-ideologues, entrepreneurs and corporations, and naive citizens and consumers. But there are also people who use the word with integrity and sincerity, becaus...
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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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» Smithers Mammals Of Southern Africa by Peter Apps
October 25, 2012

"If you are expecting wildlife jargon that only a select few understand, then you are bound to be disappointed as you read through Smither’s Mammals Of Southern Africa, updated by wildlife author Peter Apps. Apps’s version ticks all the right boxes as it is portable and easily readable, ...
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» Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
October 25, 2012

"It was written in the 19th  century, before caring about the ethical treatment of animals was  fashionable – Sewell, disabled and reliant on horse-drawn transport – was well ahead of her time. Her message, though, is still powerful, and no matter how many times you’ve re...
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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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» Zulu Zulu Foxtrot by Arn Durand
October 25, 2012

Review by Stephen Timm: "Durand tells of how, back in the early 1980s, he bribed a sergeant with two bottles of whisky to help him join other police members on a counterinsurgency training exercise, because he was bored with his job as a policeman at the law courts in Durban. After that, he never lo...
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» The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
October 25, 2012

Review by Yves Vanderhaeghen: "While this is Hamilton’s personal story (and it’s profoundly moving in a tragic way), it is inevitably also a story about Armstrong. That he triumphed while on drugs is now beyond doubt, in spite of his protestations, and Hamilton’s account of those y...
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» Criminal by Karin Slaughter
October 25, 2012

"This top thriller-writer enjoys working with her regular set of characters, with each one getting a turn to be the centre of attention. Her previous book, Fallen, focused on Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agent Faith Mitchell and her mother, Evelyn, a former policewo...
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» Ivo Vegter talks to Times Live
October 05, 2012

"Extreme Environment's concerns are broader than dealing with the claims of the "anti-fracking movement" - most are exaggerations or patently untrue, he claimed - and examine a trend among environmentalists of using fear "to promote a perversely conservative and oppressive form of government". ...
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» The Story of Life and the Environment by Jo van As, Johann du Preez, Leslie Brown, and Nico Smit
October 05, 2012

"It’s beautifully illustrated with hundreds of pictures and diagrammes (look at the images taken by various different microscopes which appear on page 55: man, there’s so much to learn, and some of it we’re only just starting to see!). It’s the kind of book that you can dip i...
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» African Wildlife Quiz Book by Clive Gibson and Patrick Flood
October 04, 2012

Review by Desiree Schirlinger of Grocott's Mail: "Do you know what a ferret is? Or do you perhaps know what the rinkhals snake does when it feels threatened? The African Wildlife Quiz Book not only explores interesting facts like this but it delves into the world of our precious fauna with...
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» The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
October 02, 2012

"This story is thoroughly enjoyable, though from time to time I started getting a bit antsy for more things to happen, or for things to happen faster.  It’s an endearing, sentimental story that stays with you, I found myself wanting Harold Fry to be real. This book is beautiful, and the m...
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» A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
September 27, 2012

Sally Scott of IOL reviewed the debut novel by Wiley Cash: "Cash sets his compelling story in the depths of his own home region, North Carolina, telling the tale via the voices of three characters: nine-year-old Jess, whose adolescent curiosity dredges up some very unpleasant home truths, (not the l...
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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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» Management in 10 Words by Terry Leahy
September 26, 2012

"When [Terry Leahy] became CEO, he was determined to reinforce the changes that were already appearing. He formulated the second Tesco value, "Treat people how we like to be treated", inside the company and out.  Just as the value "No one tries harder for customers" informed practice in re...
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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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» 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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» 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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» Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
August 08, 2012

Seraphina is the feminine form of a Late Latin name, derived from the biblical word seraphim, which means “fiery ones”. It is certainly no coincidence then, that the main character in Rachel Hartman’s debut novel should be given such a name. A tale of intrigue and danger surrounds ...
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