Category Archives: Books

The Woman in the Blue Cloak

The latest offering from Deon Meyer is a novella, The Woman in the Blue Cloak. Set, as usual, in Cape Town, our hero, Captain Benny Griessel, takes on a top-priority murder of an American/English tourist. The storyline spans the centuries, … Continue reading

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Succulents (Book Reveiw)

Title: Field Guide to Succulents in Southern Africa Authors: Gideon F Smith(Author), Neil R Crouch(Author), Estrela Figueiredo(Author) Photographers: Mostly authors Cartographers: Authors Publisher: Struik Nature, imprint of PenguinRandomHouse Year: 2017 Format: Paperback 464 pages Genre: Non-fiction:  Flora ISBN: 9781775843672 With … Continue reading

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Ratels on the Lomba (book review)

In the words of Lewis Carrol in 1865: ’You are old, Father William’, the young man said … I feel old, at least as old as Father William, when I read or hear stories of the war fought on the … Continue reading

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Monkey tales, Nicko by Penny Haw

I have a fairly strong preference for books set in South Africa, about South African things.  I was raised on an almost exclusive diet of British books and am so glad that young people today have so many local stories … Continue reading

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Wonder, a story of hope and triumph

Wonder is a children’s novel by R J Palacio, the pen name of Raquel Jaramillo.  It was originally published in 2012, but has been re-released in 2017 to coincide with the release of the movie of the same name based … Continue reading

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A kid calendar which might tempt adults to keep it

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney for young people in the later years of primary and the first year of high school has spawned a whole range of sequels and other products, one … Continue reading

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Landy’s New Home

While Veronica Lamond was born in Durban, South Africa, she lives in Cornwell in England, where Land Rover vehicles are made.  Land Rover owner/drivers are usually fiercely fond of their vehicles and it is almost more a lifestyle than transport.  … Continue reading

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