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The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson

‘It is what it is, and whatever will be, will be.’ That’s the mantra according to which Allan Karlsson has lived his life – and a very long and eventful life it’s turned out to be. In fact, by embracing … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

Life is a complicated business. We make odd choices, say things we regret, hurt the people close to us, and stray from the path we’d imagined for ourselves. It happens to everyone, to a greater or lesser extent. It happened … Continue reading

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Kitchen Boy

Jenny Hobbs’ Kitchen Boy is the story of JJ Kitching –World War II hero and rugby legend, Durban celebrity, and family man. The book is set on the day of his funeral.  It’s a grand affair in the Durban Cathedral, … Continue reading

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Napoleon Bones

If you’ve ever loved a dog, particularly a rescue brak of dubious parentage, you simply must read Napoleon Bones by Jenny Hobbs.  The title character is a street-wise and super smart police dog, part golden retriever, part ridgeback, part SPCA … Continue reading

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iSimangaliso World Heritage Park

Visit Kwa-Zulu Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park out-of-season, and have paradise all to yourself.  You’ll find few other visitors, mild sunny days, and an abundance of wild animals scattered across wide open spaces. We stayed in St Lucia, a tiny town … Continue reading

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Mountains and Milk Tart

Joburg gets awfully chilly in winter. When the mornings get frosty, it’s a good idea to go somewhere else, at least for a little while.  This time last year, we found our way to Prince Albert, a pretty little village … Continue reading

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A slice of heaven in the Cederburg

For a little slice of heaven, head to Petersfield Farm on the edge of the Cederburg.  It’s a working citrus farm, perched on a mountainside, with a distant view of Citrusdal in the valley far below.  There are four cottages … Continue reading

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