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The Sky Is Everywhere – Book Review

Encountering echos of a theme or thought, feels like reinforcement.  Layers being put in place, creating a pattern and a sense of order.  It seems significant when a visible thread links chance encounters.  Once I came across 3 different references to Socrates and his bowl of hemlock in about as many days, if I were superstitious I would probably have ... Read More »

Love may Fail by Matthew Quick – book review

That feeling of anticipation, like an orange in your hand before the juice is extracted.  That’s rather how I felt on spying a copy of Love May Fail in my goodie bag at a book bloggers event.  My recent introduction to Matthew Quick, through The Silver Linings Playbook, left me wanting more.  I didn’t read Love May Fail immediately, savouring ... Read More »

Keys of Yama – Book Review

I feel a measure of apprehension when given a review copy of a book which falls outside of my usual range of choice.  Keys of Yama by TLB Kruger fell into this category.  However we all know that good things happen when we step outside our comfort zone. At times while reading Keys of Yama, I was reminded of Sophie’s World, ... Read More »

Odd One Out by Lissa Evans – book review

Remember the Fiat Palio Ad, the one where the owner gets uppity when his car is described as nice?  Well I’ve come to a point where there is a space for nice.  Nice is comforting, and … well, nice.  I’ve just read Odd One Out by Lissa Evans, and it was nice.  Reviews on the cover used words like “hilarious” ... Read More »

Saving Grace by Jane Green – book review

Reading Saving Grace by Jane Green was rather a rollercoaster.  I enjoyed it, then I was annoyed, I was interested in the characters, then I didn’t give a darn,  I liked one aspect of the ending and not another, and so on.   Frequently I had the same feeling as when watching a movie where the good guy enters a house ... Read More »

Jani Confidential by Jani Allan, is a MUST read

Jani Confidential is a fascinating memoir by one of South Africa’s most (in)famous columnists, Jani Allan.  Her story is captivating.  Hers is a tragedy of near Shakespearian proportion, a tale of dazzling potential wasted and lost for decades.  It is a deftly drawn portrait of South Africa in the 1980’s.  It tells of wealth, power and betrayal.  These elements make it a ... Read More »

Young, Wise & Kick-S by Phillip Ramphisa – Review

Looking closely at the book Young, Wise & Kick-S, given to me by the charming author Phillip, I gave a little inner groan.  “Oh no! not  motivational self-help book!  They give me hives.”  The only thing worse (and I say this as a Christian) are the Christian self-help books.  They make my teeth itch.  I get visions of Jesus over ... Read More »

A tale of 2 memoirs – ‘The Know it All’ and ‘Bossypants’

Recently I unintentionally read 2 memoirs.  Accidental reading happens when you refuse to look at back covers or reviews before reading, I have spoilerphobia.  Most reading choices are based on recommendations from a readers Facebook group, liking an author, or randomly pulling a book from the library shelf.  Over the past 15 years I’ve been slowly making my way through ... Read More »

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BY MATTHEW QUICK – REVIEW

Men write family drama and romance books with more head and less heart.  Not that they lack emotion, but they convey feeling in a different way.  I like that way.  Nick Hornby has become my favourite author, well on most days until I pick up a Joanne Harris or John Irving.  Recently I read The Rosie Project, although it’s very ... Read More »

Slumdog Deja Vu, in The Accidental Apprentice

I read the first pages of The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarap with a sense of deja vu.  Q & A (Slumdog Millionaire) by him, also started with the protagonist being under arrest.  Both books deal with situations where a fantastical amount of money is within reach of our hero or heroine.  Don’t get me wrong both are good books ... Read More »