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CIRCECirce Review

Independent, Lucy Scholes

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s re-imagining of The Iliad that positioned the love story between Achilles and Patroclus centre stage, was both a bestseller and won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. With this recipe for success in hand, it’s not surprising that Miller – who teaches high school Latin and Greek – has turned to the same model for her thrilling second novel, Circe, though this time it’s the Odyssey that provides the primary text.

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The FearThe Fear

The Scotsman

The bestselling author, who writes as C.L. Taylor, explains: “Writing helps me deal with my anxieties. You are accessing your deepest fears, but when you’re done, it’s very freeing because you’ve worked through that fear and put it behind you.”

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Force of NatureForce of Nature

The Guardian, Amanda Coe

Forget having choices and being in control, what if that’s all bullshit? I don’t feel in control at all. What if we don’t have any choice in anything, and we’re actually all destined to stay lost out here? Alone and scared and never found?

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Born in ChainsDiary of an Angry Born Free

W24, Clinton Chauke

With great self-awareness, Clinton negotiates the pitfalls and lifelines of a young life: crime and drugs, football, religion, friendship, school, circumcision and, ultimately, becoming a man.

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RamaphosaRamaphosa: The Man who would be king

Business Day, Xolisa Phillip

"Who the f*** do you think you are? You can’t give me instructions. None of you can give me instructions. Don’t you ever dare tell me what I have to do," a young Ramaphosa, the founding general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), told a mine manager in 1985 during tense wage negotiations.

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Manage Your Money MRBManage Your Money Like a F*cking Grownup

The Gremlin, Brian Joss

Written in a light-hearted and readable style it has a serious message: how not to make mistakes with money. Beckbessinger says that everything we know about money “comes from advertising or from other people who know as little as we do. No wonder we make such basic mistakes”.

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