To feed my appetite for reading (and my ambition to write books - the word "author" is too daunting to speak aloud) I read and review books with a group of passionate bibliophiles called Writers Write's. Below are clickable links to these reviews.
This book really caught me in the throat. This is because of Izzard’s powerful reminder that any amount or type of success is a long game. This is a man who has walked an incredibly long road to achieve great things. That’s both humbling and deeply encouraging.
As a part-Jew I have read numerous accounts of holocaust survivors. As a South African I have read numerous accounts of the survivors of Apartheid. This book is different. Not only did I enjoy it, I found it a solace for my own struggles, no matter their size or scope
It was inspiring and humbling to read a book so relevant and yet so alien to my own South African experience. The account left me feeling nourished and educated on an aspect of South African heritage that I did not previously appreciate.
Ginder writes both beautifully and economically, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Modern American novels leave me feeling dismissive of the challenges that the characters have to overcome and this was my experience again in this novel but I’m willing to accept that’s just my cynical African world view.
Steve Biko is widely accepted as the father of the Black Consciousness movement. He was murdered during prison detention at the age of 30 by the Apartheid government of South Africa in 1977. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of his book which is comprised of his writings and lectures
I thoroughly enjoyed Owens’ pithy dialogue and beautiful yet pointed descriptive observations. I also appreciated her capacity for developing warm and humorous characters. I did however have the same problem with this book that I had with Bridget Jones.
This book reminded me why books are important. Without the written word woven into a consumable but enticing tale, there is just no true and detailed way to document and share the human experience.
I could compute more meaning in the book than I could while reading Midnight’s Children, but it didn’t convey metaphorical meaning as effectively as 1984 or Animal Farm. I might simply not be smart enough to grasp the message or the maths.
This book is everything you need, whether you are a man or a woman. It’s useful, witty, interesting, page-turning and worth every word. One criticism, The Black Sash should be listed among the Rebel Girls: FFCs through history section at the back.
Chamberlain has crafted an emotive and believable story, told through the viewpoint of the passionate and enriched character of Molly. She has interwoven the story with steady suspense that delivers a great page-turning holiday read.
JJ Tabane is a journalistically trained activist, academic and intellectual with his work boots on. The book contains a foreword from Mathatha Tsedu, Executive Director of the South African National Editors’ Forum, providing support for a brave, considered and unabashed series of views to follow.
Swan’s experienced story-telling fulfils all those good book requirements avid readers expect. There’s plenty of drama but none of it is unrealistic, lots of depth without the length and prose of a saga, and a smattering of factual information that really bring the words to life.
Beer Safari is more a travel book about beer than a beer book that
travels. The book brings together the truly rich and fascinating beer
brewing culture of South Africa. In each warmly crafted brewery story,
Corne unfurls neat snapshots into the lives of a multitude of South African brewers.
I greatly appreciate the emotive yet candid incorporation of the light and shade of a man’s life that Macmillan has bravely included in the story. Even heroes are human and Macmillan shows that Simons is no different.