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WidowsWidows by Lynda La Plante

The Irish News

The success of Widows effectively curtailed La Plante's acting career as she turned to full-time writing, both for TV (Prime Suspect, Trial And Retribution, The Commander, Above Suspicion), producing more than 170 hours of international television, as well as a succession of best-selling novels.

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Promising Young WomenPromising Young Women

The Irish Times, Sarah Gilmartin

There is so much to like in Caroline O’Donoghue’s debut novel that it’s best to get the downside out of the way quickly. A shift from the pitch perfect intimacy of the novel’s first half towards an ill-judged thrilleresque storyline of anonymous blog messages and underdeveloped mental health issues, bloats an otherwise charming novel about a millennial woman making her way in the world.

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Madiba Club00The Madiba Appreciation Club

jacaranda FM, The Scenic Drive with Rian

Brett Ladds rose from humble small-town beginnings to prominence in the South African culinary scene. Brett counts himself lucky to have been able to train under some of the world's best chefs and has enjoyed great success with his restaurant Chefs@566, which opened in 2016.

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On Leopards RockLeopard Rock: A Life of Adventures

news24, Willem Law

As a novelist he is world renowned for his raw stories about adventure, love, lust and conflict. Born in southern Africa and having spent most of his life there he has used his observations in human nature to convey powerful characters and their tribulations to his readers.

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King of AshesKing of Ashes

TOR.com

As a Free Lord, Baron Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an abandoned infant is found hidden in Daylon’s pavilion, he realizes that the child must be the missing heir of the slain Steveren. The boy is valuable—and vulnerable.

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Born Free EventBorn in Chains

The Johannesburg Review of Books, Niq Mhlongo

Chauke’s is a humorous, fast-paced, witty and courageous tale of family relations, displacement, religion, culture, education, forced internal migration and ethnic stereotyping. The blight of poverty dominates everywhere in the book, but Chauke’s sense of humour ensures that it remains an uplifting read.

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Who will rule in 2019WATCH: Who Will Rule in 2019?

CNBC Africa

The South African political landscape has changed dramatically since Jacob Zuma stepped down as president. Veteran political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert looks at all the possible scenarios in his book Who Will Rule in 2019.

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Crushing ITCrushing IT!

SuccessIsForALL

Believe it or not, some people say in their social media courses that you can give reviews with made up names. Gary provides stories of real people with real Instagram pages in this book. Perhaps because a story of one person is not enough for most people. You can call one person special. You can’t use excuses on why somebody did if there are numerous examples of all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds provided in this book.

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Mandela EssentialsMandela: His Essential Life

The Guardian

During Nelson Mandela’s 1962 trial in Pretoria, before he was sent to Robben Island, Winnie turned up each day, often magnificent in traditional chiefdom dress.

She was indomitably defiant. Later, suffering so much and bringing up her own two girls while Nelson Mandela served his 27 years in prison, she was beaten up, banned, then banished to remote Brandfort in the Orange Free State, harassed and imprisoned too.

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American PrincessAmerican Princess 

In "American Princess," Leslie Carroll provides context to Harry and Meghan’s romance by leading readers through centuries of Britain’s rule-breaking royal marriages.

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