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the blood miracles

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney - review

Evening Standard, Arifa Akbar


That book was one of 2016’s literary sensations, winning effusive critical acclaim and a clutch of awards. Ireland had apparently found its Irvine Welsh in McInerney, who gave graphic life to the dark side of County Cork. 

How does a novelist follow that rock ’n’ roll success? With more of the same, it turns out. The Blood Miracles features Cusack a few years on, now aged 20, getting further embroiled with mobsters. The first 20 pages recap the plot of the last book and beyond that we find the same characters still up to no good. 


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Burial HourThe Burial Hour Proves Once Again Jeffery Deaver Is a Brilliantly Intricate Novelist

HuffingtonPost, Jackie K Cooper


The Burial Hour is lucky number thirteen in the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series by Jeffery Deaver. Once again the wheelchair bound forensics expert and his chief investigator are called on to solve a mystery. This one starts out in New York but continues in Italy, and Rhyme/Sachs are hot on the trail. Readers will once again be exposed to the intricacies of crime solving as written by the brilliant Mr. Deaver.


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Ballerina Dreams ENG

Michaela DePrince: ‘There are practically no black dancers in ballet, so I need to speak out’


Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone in 1995 during the civil war. At age three, she lost both her parents and was sent to an orphanage where she was mistreated by staff who believed she was the “devil’s child” due to her pigmented skin (caused by vitiligo). She and her best friend were adopted by an American couple when they were four. In 2011 DePrince starred in the ballet documentary First Position, and she is now a professional ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet. She has just published her memoir.


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Almost Human

Secrets of the rising star cave


According to the long-awaited carbon-dating results, our primitive human ancestor is in fact millions of years younger than initially thought – a discovery that could rewrite the history of Africa, and humanity.

Berger this week explained: “Until recently, every scientist who would have [examined] the Homo naledi remains that we announced in 2015 would have said that they [were] millions of years old. Maybe 2 million, maybe 2.5 million, based on their primitive anatomy. But they are in fact 10 times younger than that, emerging some time between 335 000 and 236 000 years ago.”


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No Longer Whispering to Power

In the news

A new book about former public protector Thuli Madonsela reflects on what has shaped her life, impact and influences.

Thandeka Gqubule wrote No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela and says the book is an effort to walk in Madonsela's shoes.

Gqubule explores Madonsela's influential tenure and the her ability to stick to her path.

She says the human rights lawyer has a profound understanding of the philosophy of the Constitution.

Listen more on 702


In No Longer Whispering to Power, journalist and author Thandeka Gqubule gives us keen insight into South Africa’s most beloved public protector, Thuli Madonsela.

It’s not every day that you get to meet a journalist and author whose own qualities remind me of the very woman she’s chosen to write about.

Read more on W24


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Exclusive Books




South Africa The Worlds Longest Dot to Dot PuzzleJoin over 3000 dots to reveal a beautiful illustration of South Africa's most famous landmarks!


This spectacular puzzle is made up of over 3 000 dots feature the most famous landmarks and wildlife of South Africa, including the Pretoria Union Buildings, the skylines of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and the Soweto Towers.


Coloured in, it will look even better!


When you are finished, the pages detach easily so you can display your panorama and enjoy your handiwork to the full.


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WORLD WORST CHILDREN 2 HarperCollins Children's Books Announces May Publication of The World's Worst Children 2


Britain's Bestselling Storyteller pens another unique collection of cautionery tales.


HarperCollins Children’s Books is thrilled to announce the publication of David Walliams’, The World Worst Children 2. With illustrations in glorious colour by Tony Ross, it will publish on 25th May 2017.

Behold The DreamersCongratulations to Imbolo Mbue, winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel Behold the Dreamers


Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, covers the struggle of immigrants longing to become American citizens, the stark divide between rich and poor, and the global financial crisis following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.


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Patricia Scanlan: 'Gardens are where my imagination has run rampant'


I've never focused on how significant gardens have been in my creative life - although acknowledging how important they are to me in life as a whole - until I sat down to write this piece.

Looking back, gardens have been the place where my imagination has run rampant, beginning with our childhood garden where four brothers, one sister and I spent hours creating magical worlds and great adventures that - much to my mother's relief - kept us occupied and entertained.


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Bone Box

The Bone Box Is Another Addictive Thriller By Faye Kellerman

Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper


The Bone Box is the twenty fourth novel in Faye Kellerman’s Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker series. I don’t know that I have read all of them but I definitely have read most of them, and they are all good. The Bone Box is one of her best. This series focus on Police Detective Decker and his wife Rina. Kellerman always creates a crime to solve but she always makes time to describe the married life of these two very likable people. One important fact is Rina is a strict follower of her Jewish faith and Peter has rediscovered his Jewish roots.


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The Sport of Kings by CE MorganSport of Kings makes Baileys Shortlist

The Bookseller, Katherine Cowdrey



Half of the novelists on the shortlist are British, and the only American author in the picture is CE Morgan, whose shortlisted second novel The Sport of Kings (4th Estate) is both about horse racing and about race. Morgan, who lives in Kentucky, bases her multigenerational story on its "bloody past", while following a father and daughter who try to mould a wilful thoroughbred into a champion.


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Viola Davis and Julia RobertsViola Davis and Julia Roberts are set to star in a new drama adaptation of Small Great Things book by Jodi Picoult


Article by The Guardian


According to Deadline, the pair, who previously worked together in Eat Pray Love, will headline an adaptation of Small Great Things from author Jodi Picoult. The project is being produced by Marc Platt, whose most recent film La La Land is currently favorite to win the Oscar for best picture.



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A strong heroine carves her mark in Veronica Roth's latestCarve the Mark

USA Today, Brian Truitt 


The popular Divergent author heads to space to kick off not a trilogy but a duology, one that offers shades of George Lucas sprawl and influence, Game of Thrones clan intrigue, and a little Romeo & Juliet-style romance. There is an overwhelming amount of exposition to unpack at first, but Carve excels when settling into the core relationship between its two embattled leads.


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The trespasse

Gone Girl gave us the Cool Girl. Tana French’s The Trespasser shows us her limitations

The Vox


Is there anything more dangerous than a woman who has made herself into a weapon?


That question has been preoccupying literary thrillers over the past few years, arguably beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and peaking in 2012 with Gone Girl. The most recent literary iteration of this weaponised femininity can be seen in The Trespasser, Tana French’s latest entry in the Dublin Murder Squad mystery series, which focuses on the hard-boiled, murder-solving detectives of Dublin’s police force.


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Jodi Picoult's New Novel About Racism Was 'One of the Hardest' She's Ever Written

People Magazine


“I talk all the time in my books about subjects that people don’t really want to talk about,” she says. “But to me, this feels different. I think racial awareness is one of the most pressing conversations that we really need to have in our country, and it’s something that a lot of people don’t want to talk about because it makes them uncomfortable.”


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