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Torn between the beauty of Africa and Ellis Island

The car winds through the lowveld.  South Africa revealing her humble soil and her majesty at every turn.  My eyes focus on a book set in Ireland and America.  Glancing up I am aware of my infidelity.  My unfaithfulness to the beauty around me, nature now pouring herself out, a waterfall cascading from rock.  Twinned with unfaithfulness to the work ... Read More »

Discovering Sherlock Holmes (and Benedict Cumberbatch)

Can you believe it?  Until this year I had never read a Sherlock Holmes book, absolute travesty!  My addiction started watching the BBC series Sherlock and I’m hooked.  I now want to get my hands on pretty much anything Sherlock Holmes related.  The only problem is that Season 4 will only air sometime in 2016.  Now I’ve started what I ... Read More »

Emma by Jane Austen should have been written as a play

Until 3/4 way through Emma I was annoyed to be donating precious reading time to Jane Austen this time. Emma irritated me and I cared little for the other characters. I appreciated the humour and irony. Lines such as “Mr Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs Elton’s beginning to talk to him.” ... Read More »

LAUNCHING A NOVEL IDEA – SOMETHING OLD AND ABUNDANTLY NEW

UPDATE – A Novel Idea is no longer at this address and may be re-opened in the future at a different place The grand opening of a new gem in Durban’s crown will be held on Saturday 26th April from 10am – 2pm. The store is situated at Shop 5 Westville North Centre, 157 Blair Atholl Rd. A Novel Idea ... Read More »

Phil Rickman introduces me to magical music

This is another post for the WordPress Weekly challenge “Moved by Music” I read for infinite reasons, among them is the desire to be entertained and to expand my personal parameters. This week after a long break from Merrily Watkins, I read ‘The Smile of a Ghost’ by Phil Rickman. Whilst providing a good plot and characters Phil Rickman has ... Read More »

The Stars Shine Down – my 1st Sydney Sheldon read

I have never read a Sydney Sheldon before, this week I read ‘The Stars Shine Down’, another mystery find from our bookshelf.  I have no idea where some of my books appear from.  Before ever reading anything by him for some reason I had decided that he and Danielle Steel were similar, maybe it has something to do with cover ... Read More »

Still Waters – Book Review

Until this month I had never heard of Tami Hoag, when I heard a book review of her latest offering on the 702 book show I made a mental note of her name. Odd that I haven’t heard of her, she has been writing for yonks and is very prolific. By coincidence in the same week I found a copy ... Read More »

‘Five Quarters of the Orange’, soars like a kite on a taut string

This afternoon I watched my son fly a kite, pure joy soared observing a flutter of colour held aloft by a taut string.  Last night I stayed up late to finish reading “Five Quarters Of the Orange” by Joanne Harris.  Reading this book was a lot like watching that kite dancing in the blue.  Thoughts, metaphors and beauty soar above ... Read More »