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Believe MeBelieve Me

Metro.news, Anthony Cummins

With no slowdown in sight for the psychological thriller boom, here’s a second novel from the latest pseudonym on the block, JP Delaney, who struck gold with 2017’s The Girl Before.

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Noise DownstairsA Noise Downstairs

Jacksonville.com, Richard Klinzman

When Paul Davis is driving home one night, he spots his friend and mentor, Kenneth Hoffman, at the small college where they both teach. He is driving erratically. When Hoffman pulls to the side of the road, Paul pulls up behind him to offer help.

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Something in the WaterSomething in the water

ioL,

Everyone had that book. If we had people over, or went on vacation poolside, people had that book wrinkled and curled up. I read it with my wife and we read every chapter together and we'd be like, '(Gasps) This is great!' It was the world's smallest book club, he laughed.

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The Other WomanThe Other Woman

WAMC BBC World Service,

His new Allon novel, The Other Woman, takes place in an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name.

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  • Kate Sidley read every book she could find about Mandela before composing her book 100 Mandela Moments.
  • Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain takes a close look at the life and legacy of Mandela, and analyses the state of the ANC then and now, in his book Mandela: His Essential Life.
  • Brett Ladds, former executive chef and manager of the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, recounts tales of Madiba’s favourite champagne (Pêche Royale) and endless cups of rooibos tea.

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Mandela Essential LifeMandela: His Essential Life

As the country celebrates Nelson Mandela's centenary, a new book takes a concise yet personal look at Madiba.

Written by British politician and veteran anti-apartheid activist Peter Hain, Mandela: His Essential Life examines what it means to want to change the world for the better.

eNCA's Andrea van Wyk recently sat down with Lord Hain to talk about the book, as well as some other special centenary events he's involved in.

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The HuntersThe Hunters

Right from the first page I was utterly enchanted by Kat Gordon’s ‘The Hunters’. The opening scene is the shooting of a woman but who that woman is we don’t find out until the very end. This opening sets up the story perfectly, the 1920’s was an unsettling era of change in Kenya and that opening illustrates that in one page

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You were made for thisYou were Made for This

Crime by the Book

You’d be hard-pressed to write a novel more appealing to me than one about a pair of New Yorkers who leave behind the big city in favor of the Swedish countryside. Anyone who knows me will know that’s pretty darn close to my personal pipe dream—just swap out Sweden for Norway and you’re there.

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Born in Chains.jpgDiary of an Angry Born Free

W24

Social critic, a fierce debater and a Pan-Africanist at heart, Clinton Chauke is many things – but as far as labels go, a born free he is not.
 
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Golden PreyGolden Prey

Huffington Post

Golden Prey sends Lucas Davenport on a sustained manhunt for Garvin Poole who’s been lying low for years. It’s been rumored he’s dead; but Poole resurfaces in Biloxi, Mississippi where he has masterminded a heist of millions of dollars from a Honduran drug cartel.

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Who will rule in 2019Who Will Rule in 2019?

City Press

The next national elections may be the first in 25 years in which no party wins an outright majority. In his book Who Will Rule in 2019? veteran political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert believes next year could bring a coalition government for South Africa. This is an extract from the book:

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FreshwaterFreshwater

Africa Writes, British Library

Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self.

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Perfect GirlfriendThe Perfect Girlfriend

Independent, Breda Brown

'If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they're yours. If they don't, make them.' These lines from The Perfect Girlfriend, the debut novel by English writer Karen Hamilton, perfectly encapsulate the warped and twisted tale of obsession at the very heart of this gripping book.

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Happiness by Annitta FornaHappiness Review

The Washington Post,

Aminatta Forna’s exquisite 2013 novel “The Hired Man” opened with a hunter on a Croatian hillside training his sights on a stranger’s car. The silence of early morning, the stillness of the watcher, both were palpable on the page, and a similarly arresting scene draws us into Forna’s new novel “Happiness”...

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyGuernsey Literary

The Irish Times, Donald Clarke

In post-war London, Juliet Ashton (James), a young writer of biographies and popular fiction, receives a letter from a Guernsey farmer (Michiel Huisman) who is looking for a copy of Lambs’ Tales from Shakespeare. A correspondence develops that moves towards the origins of (clear some space for the full title) the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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CIRCECirce Review

Washinton Post,

“The whole world was made of gold. The light came from everywhere at once, his yellow skin, his lambent eyes, the bronze flashing of his hair. His flesh was hot as a brazier, and I pressed as close as he would let me, like a lizard to noonday rocks.”

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There is moreThere is More

Eternity, Anne Lim

Hillsong’s Brian Houston is a “huge believer” that God sees more in his people than they see themselves.

In his new book, There is More, the larger-than-life global pastor of the worldwide Hillsong Church harnesses the power of dreams to encourage Christians to enlarge their vision for their lives.

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American PrincessAmerican Princess

The Fresh Toast,

Like the rest of us commoners, royal expert Leslie Carroll is also setting her alarm clock to watch the grand wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As the author of American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Carroll has some insight as to what makes this couple so magnetic.

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Crushing ITCrushing it!

ERP in News

Gary Vaynerchuk summary- The world has changed. Twenty years ago, if you wanted to get discovered as an actress, you’d maybe need to move to Hollywood. If you wanted to get ahead in business? You’d go to business school. Broadcast to millions? Well, it sure wasn’t easy getting a primetime TV or radio slot.

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All the beautiful liesAll the Beautiful Lies

The Guardian, Alison Fliood

The bloody conclusion to a wagon train’s journey across the US, a beautifully told crime story and a dark tale of murderous obsession are the standouts this month.
 
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All the beautiful girls.jpgAll the Beautiful Girls

Star Tribune

Elizabeth J. Church puts her pretty young heroine through some truly ugly ordeals in the eventful "All the Beautiful Girls," set in small-town Kansas and glittering Las Vegas in the 1960s.

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The Little Breton BistroThe Little Breton Bistro

The New York Times, Hannah Tunnicliffe

The escapades in “The Little French Bistro” by Nina George...track the reinventions of two very different protagonists: one an unhappily married German housewife whose stingy husband reproaches her for buying expensive Champagne on their anniversary; the other a faded rock star celebrating his 40th birthday and keen to finally marry his best friend.

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Two SistersTwo Sisters Review

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RamaphosaRamaphosa and 'the big deal'

news24, Extract

One of the keys to the success of the talks was the relationship that developed between Ramaphosa and his National Party counterpart, Roelf Meyer. Meyer was one of the party’s promising young leaders from its verligte, or enlightened, wing.

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The TattoistThe Tattooist of Auschwitz

W24, Samantha Gibb

As the tattooist for the camps, Lale was given the task of numbering those sent to the camps; he was in the front line of their detainment and the processes which slowly chipped away at their humanity and their identity. 

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