Category Archives: Books

Sky Guide Africa South 2019

There are probably few astronomy books which are as suitable for me as the annual Sky Guide Africa South.  This little annual, now in its 73rd incarnation, covers every astronomical event which will be taking place in the coming year … Continue reading

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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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