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The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

 

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! You can win a SIGNED copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

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A strangeness in my mindReview: Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

Alberto Manguel, The Guardian 

 

This sprawling story of a street vendor's romance is above all a love letter to the Turkish city in all its faded, messy, dusty glory. 

 

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Barkskins by Annie ProulxBarkskins by Annie Proulx: Review

Alex Clark, The Guardian

 


All novels are about time in one way or another, and thus all novels are about mortality. In a book as long as Annie Proulx’s – 700-plus pages that travel from the end of the 17th century to almost the present day – the reader experiences time in an additional sense; not merely as a long act of engagement, but as a form of anxiety. How to remember the exponentially increasing family groups, so frequently shifting location, their members marrying, remarrying, adopting children, disappearing, thriving and then, suddenly, diminishing? This isn’t merely a matter of keeping names straight: the generations of the Sel and the Duquet families are Proulx’s tools for laying bare how dynasties are established, why some flourish and some wither, and their dynamic relationship with their environment and its other inhabitants.

 

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The book of memeoryThe Book of Memory by Petina Gappah: A Review

Anita Sethi, The Guardian

 

 

The novel is startlingly vivid: Memory recalls the taste of a stolen mango, the suffocating smell of camphor, strelitzia flowers blazing with colour. Most poignant of all is what she cannot remember, such as the pain of realising that she can no longer picture her dead sister’s face. It’s through tiny details that Gappah grapples with the grand themes of fate and free will, love and loss, the collision of tradition and modernity, the impact of politics on the personal. Yet withholding details also creates a thriller-like suspense.

 

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Bourne Enigma by Van LsutbaderReview: Bourne Enigma by Robert Ludlum

The Real Book Spy

 

In what might just be his most challenging mission yet, Jason Bourne is short on time and resources as he races to find Borz and prevent a war before the clock hits zero. Written with the same heart-pounding suspense fans have come to expect from Van Lustbader, Jason Bourne returns to action in splendid, breath-taking fashion. 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Nearly Here!

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play book will be released in South Africa (and the rest of the world) on 31 July 2016! That’s less than a month away.

 

Not all of us Muggles are able to get to London to watch the play, which is set 19 years after the last Harry Potter book ended.  However, the script book of the play will be available to us from 1am on the 31st of July.  This will make a wonderful addition to your Harry Potter collection which you can buy online or at your favourite book store.

 

Just remember – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not the 8th book in the collection.  It is a play script of the West End stage play that has been written by Jack Thorne and is based on a story by JK Rowling.  The play is scheduled to open on 30 July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.

 

The play is focused on Harry Potter and his youngest son, Albus, who is struggling with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.  As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

What are you doing in preparation for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  Will you be getting your copy at 1:01 am?  Will you be re-reading your Harry Potter collection?  Maybe you’ll be spending the weekend watching all the movies?

 

Dust off your quills and send us an owl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

SHTUMReview: Shtum by Jem Lester

The Guardian, Saskia Baron

 

What’s going to happen when he’s older? When he’s too big for even me to handle? Will he kill someone? Maim them? What happens when I’m dead? Where will he go … ?” Ben, the narrator of this darkly comic debut from Jem Lester, is brooding about the future of his much-loved and profoundly autistic 11-year-old son. Jonah has no speech, and his only means of communicating his needs is by selecting pictures on laminated cards.

 

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The Festival of InsignifanceReview: Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera

The Independent, Leyla Sanai

 

The Nobel Prize contender and Paris-based Czech émigré Milan Kundera’s eleventh work of fiction, his first book for more than a decade, is composed in the same way as many of his novels, using counterpoint: a mixture of the lives and dreams of fictional characters, wry and embellished tales from history, and the author’s own philosophical musings. As with so many of his earlier novels such as The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and the short story collection Laughable Loves, it is divided into seven parts, and, like the novels,  each part is subdivided into chapters.

 

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Out of Orange

Read a F*cking Book: Out of Orange is the Real Life Alex Vause’s True Story

Autostraddle

 

If you’ve read Orange is the New Black, you’ll want to read Out of Orange. It’s not so much a rebuttal as a complementary piece; hand-in-hand with Kerman’s own story, it completes the tale of how two women who had never met before became partners in crime and lovers in trouble. 

 

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Mandibles by Lionel ShriverThe Mandibles A Family 2029 - 2047: Review

The Guardian, Jane Smiley

 


There are plenty of zippy novels about the end of the world, but Lionel Shriver has had a different idea. The devastation in The Mandibles is monetary – its effect is to destroy the US economy so completely that the impoverished hordes are fleeing to Mexico. The formerly wealthy, who had installed themselves in France, must now go home because the almighty dollar is worth nothing, replaced as the international currency by the “bancor”. Your head may be spinning, because the details of finance are more abstruse than nuclear exchange, asteroid impacts or the second coming, but as she follows her characters through sufferings and accommodations, Shriver manages to make her case – that civilisation is a delicate network and what we have, even if that is only toilet paper and socks, is precious.

 

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This Must Be the Place by Maggo O farellThis Must Be the Place: Review

The Guardian, Hannah Beckerman

 

This Must Be the Place is that rare literary beast: both technically dazzling and deeply moving. It has all the structural and temporal playfulness of a Kate Atkinson novel while retaining the hallmark emotional insight for which O’Farrell has become renowned. It is her best novel to date, a book that surely confirms her as one of the UK’s most assured, accomplished and inventive storytellers.

 

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Fellside by M.R CareyReview: Fellside by MR Carey

Sydney Morning Herald, Karen Hardy

 

"If I want to portray heaven or hell in a story I do it in terms of family. The greatest good is having a family where everyone loves everyone else, supports each other. The most awful situation in the world is being in a dysfunctional family where people are bringing each other down."

 

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The Worlds Worst Children

The World's Worst Children is out now!

 

Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children?

 

Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

 

From bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.

 

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, book review: Unexpectedly lighthearted

The Independent, Lucy Scholes 

 

 

Chris Cleave’s powerful and moving fourth novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, is a period piece that sits alongside the likes of Pat Barker’s Noonday, Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch. So too, Cleave takes the dull, drab realities of the Second World War – a London under continuous nightly bombardment; its citizens under siege, exhausted, in constant mourning, always hungry, always restless – and paints an immersive portrait of their lives, loves and losses in dazzling Technicolor.

 

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Relativity by Antonia HayesTurning Personal Trauma into Fiction: Relativity by Antonia Hayes

 

For Antonia Hayes, the dark cloud of her son being diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome over a decade ago has a silver lining; not just his complete recovery, but also as the spur for her career as a novelist.

 

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