Category Archives: Books

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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I Wonder Who?

I Wonder Who? is a nature book for very young children.  It is available in both English and Afrikaans (pity not in any other South African languages yet). Written and illustrated by Kerryn Ponter, a mother and freelance artist, this … Continue reading

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Field Guide to Succulents – review

Title: Field Guide to Succulents in Southern Africa Authors: Gideon F. Smith, Neil R. Crouch, Estrela Figueiredo Publisher: Struik Nature Year: May 2017 Format: Paperback Pages: 464 Recommended Selling Price: R350 ISBN 978 1775843672 Those of us who were born … Continue reading

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The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects

Title:  The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects Text:  War Museum of the Boer Republics Photos: War Museum of the Boer Republics Cover:  Simon Richardson Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers Date: 2017 Format:  Hard cover ISBN:  978-1-86842-767-3     The War Museum … Continue reading

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