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Book Choice — Gorry Bowes-Taylor, 3 Jul Book Choice - July 2017
Andrew Marjoribanks, Wordsworth Books, brings you a bagful of the best, while Peter Soal gets your political pulse racing with The Republic of Gupta – a story of State Capture by Pieter-Louis Myburgh, and No longer whispering to power – the story of Thuli Madonsela by Thandeka Gqubule. We chat to million-dollar romantic writer Lesley Pearce about, well, her and her nuanced romantic novel: Dead to Me. Cindy Moritz finds Elizaeth Strout’s Anything is Possible a masterful book by a master chronicler. Philip Todres finds two inspiring reads in Song for Sarah - Lessons From My Mother by Jonathan Jansen with Naomi Jansen, and in Bending the Rules - From de Klerk to Mandela: stories of a pioneering diplomat by Rafique Gangat, both books reflecting on the impact of apartheid and the courage and determination to deal with those harsh realities and still be able to forge ahead. Two of South Africa’s best loved cooks, Ina Paarman and Phillippa Cheifitz come together as Ina discusses Phillippa’s new cookbook Make it Easy. As always, Mike Fitzjames meanly sets your nerves ajangle with three thrilling novels, while Beverley Roos Muller survived recent trains and aeroplanes by packing good old standbys: reliable, absorbing short stories by . W. Somerset Maugham, George Sanders and Roald Dahl. Finally Vanessa Levenstein was moved to tears as she read Raymond Suttner’s Inside Apartheid’s Prison, when she saw that one of Suttner’s letters was addressed to her parents. Do stay with us, we’ve an easy-peasy competition to win one of two R200 Wordsworth Books vouchers or a copy of Lesley Pearse’s Dead to Me. Andrew Marjoribanks, a bundle of good cold-weather reads!