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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 »

A long way down, the movie, is ‘Breakfast Club’ with balls

This week on a book lovers group, the question was asked ” Which authors of contemporary fiction do you love so much that you will buy their latest book without reading reviews, without even thinking about it? Where the author pull defies restraint and reason?”  I replied “Nick Hornby and Joanne Harris”, briefly forgetting my disappointment with Juliette Naked.  I ... Read More »

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Book Review

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is more than a story, it is a work of art.  Writing and sketches flow in a living stream.  The reader / observer is carried through 500 odd pages in a few short hours.  Transported into a world of magical imagining. Between the pages, true history and fiction align, clicking together like lock and key, ... Read More »

Anybody out there – Marian Keyes

The book Anybody Out There, almost put me right off Marian Keyes.  A third of the way through the book I was very bleak about the direction which the story took.  I won’t tell you more as I have an aversion to spoilers.  I stomped and moaned about what a fail it was as a light Christmas read.  My sister-in-law ... Read More »

The Rosie Project, a delightful read

After several recommendations to read ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion, I picked it up last week.  I loved it! It is a humorous romance novel, I believe there’s a movie in the pipeline which should prove to be romantic comedy at its best.   Although I found ‘The Rosie Project’ an absolutely delightful read my only criticism is that I ... Read More »

The water babies – charles kingsley

For a very long time I have known that I would enjoy re-reading The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.  All that I remembered was Tom the chimney sweep and his transformation to a water baby.  I’m not even sure if as a child, I read the entire book.  My current copy is a little disappointing, as it lacks illustrations.  Like ... 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 »