Category Archives: Book Reviews

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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The Woman in White

Imagine the fattest man you’ve ever seen, make him exceedingly handsome, charming, clever and gallant, Italian, and a Count, add a wardrobe of brightly patterned waistcoats, and then pour in a healthy dose of Machiavellian cunning and manipulation. This gives … Continue reading

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I imagine that a great many people have seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s at some point, and enjoyed it as an iconic Audrey Hepburn movie, but have never read the book.  To misquote Roald Dahl (from his retelling of Cinderella): I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities provides a window into the terror and madness of the French Revolution. It immerses the reader in the abject poverty, hopelessness and powerlessness of the French working classes. Men and women scrabble in the mud … Continue reading

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