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Book Settings: Africa

What a wonderful list discovery: historical novels of Africa Africa, the continent, holds a very special place in the TSL fold – not least because both directors were born there. Although heralding from South...

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Donkeys

Donkeys have recently been popping up on my radar and it’s not just to do with Christmas nativity stories. Within a month (Dec 2017/Jan 2018)… John Samson’s A donkey called Oddsock arrived in my...

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Cherry Trees

I recently wrote a review about 3AM Wonder Paranoia and the restless night (Angela Kingston). 3AM is said to be the time in novels and storytelling when things happen in the night. Well I...

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Time

Time always seems to be an issue. There’s never enough … It says a lot about our culture. I recall being told that Eskimos have numerous words to describe snow whilst sheep farmers have...

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Sidney and Sydney

I was reminded of the Sidney Sheldon books in the History of Gatooma Library. I can’t claim to have read any of them though. Did you know there is a series called Sidney and...

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Romania

Romania has had a tough past – it’s leaders recognised for their excesses (shoes in 1989 vs 2015) No doubt the most famous Romanian is Dracula who has been the feature of many books,...

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Snakes

Snakes are slimy creepy creatures, often misunderstood say those who love them. Our nephew plans to become a snake specialist when he’s older – I’m not yet convinced but am pleased his mother has...

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Inside the mind of a crime writer

On 30 August 2017, I attended an evening with Tess Gerritsen of Rizzoli and Isles fame. Having watched most of the series, before my recent phase of not watching television, I was intrigued to...

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Sugar sweet symphony

“What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice” is how the rhyme goes. I’m not so sure little girls are all that sweet, or ever were. I could be...

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Pippi Longstocking

I first came across Pippi Longstocking as Pippi Langkous, the Afrikaans version – it was one of those names that just stuck. So, I was rather intrigued when I came across the name in...