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Endings and Beginnings – A brilliant, unforgettable book

I listen to Redi Tlhabi almost every day on radio 702, when her book ‘Endings and Beginnings’ came out I bought it for our book club.  At first I left it for others to read then brought it home a week ago.  I stalled starting it for a few days, although I enjoy autobiographical works they can be a bit ... Read More »

‘Why Africa Fails’ – Elly Twineyo-Kamugisha

“There is a need for media and education campaigns to educate citizens about the benefits of patriotism, because the love for one’s country is crucial in national development.” I heard about the book “Why Africa Fails” when Jenny Crwys Williams interviewed the author Elly Twineyo-Kamugisha on her book show.  Normally I do not read non-fiction but I was interested in ... Read More »

Deon Meyer inspired visit to Loxton

I rather like to take a creative prompt when exploring a new place, it gives a different perspective.  In New York I spent a day walking to find Clinton Street to get a feel of the place mentioned in the Leonard Cohen song ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ in the line “The music on Clinton St, all through the evening”.  I must ... Read More »

Deon Meyer makes me a lousy wife & mother

Generally I have a clear conscience.  I gave up work and financial independence to be a stay at home Mum, my time is generally spent being a constructive parent and wife.  Deon Meyer messes up this picture of selfless domesticity.  This week reading ‘The Heart of the Hunter” (my 3rd Deon Meyer), the children were plonked in front of the ... Read More »

Martin Waddell gets it right every time.

We discovered Martin Waddell at the library when Fjord was 2 the first book being ‘Tom Rabbit’.  I always choose books quite randomly but it was the Martin Waddell books which he asked for over and over.  I bought 2 packs of 10 Walker books at different times and despite the illustrators being different it was the Martin Waddell books ... Read More »

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

After reading the 50 Shades trilogy my IQ was sucking its thumb and singing nursery rhymes.  On The Road is a joyous journey back to thought and life.  It is a book to luxuriate in.  So many quotes which strike a resonating chord in the soul. “most of the time we were alone and mixing up our souls ever more ... Read More »

Musings on Dignity

I have started reading ‘The Remains of the Day’ and the discourse on dignity and greatness is thought provoking.  It led me to musing about the people in my life whom I either respect or don’t and the qualities which they possess or lack. The two men who I respect most are my father and step father.  My step father ... Read More »

40 winks is better than ’50 Shades Freed’

Actually being in a pit of spiders is probably better than ’50 shades Freed’.  Sorry the book has killed my brain I can’t write coherent sentences but some descriptive words would be puerile, trite, tripe, boring, trash, thin, pathetic. I was rather kind about the 1st book in my previous review and still think that the 1st two are reasonable ... Read More »

50 shades better than 40 winks

I blush to confess that I rather enjoyed ’50 shades of Grey’.  When I took it from the book club box I made a point of saying that I too just wanted to form an opinion.  Before reading it the only reviews which I read said how boring, lame and rubbish it is.  Look this is not high literature, it’s souffle ... Read More »

Book club, 95% friendship & fun, 5% books

Until a group of us started a book club last year I was not sure how they work or what is involved.  I gather that there are 2 types.  In one form all members read the same book at the same time and then discuss it.  The format of ours runs on is that we meet each month at a ... Read More »