Books

Win a Kids Book Hamper worth R2000

Win a Kids Book Hamper worth R2000

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winner was Peter Imrie – congrats!*** It’s no secret how much I love books. And luckily I get sent quite a few to review, plus I buy on impulse and then realise that I have too many! Anyway, I thought that I’d do a lovely big hamper for(…)

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This book. I can’t explain the beauty that lies within its pages. It’s so intense, so raw, so unusual. It made me cry. And smile in a wry sort of way. There’s a lot of truth in here, a lot of love, a lot of sadness. Just like life really. I’ll Give You the Sun(…)

Guess How Much I Love You: 20th Anniversary

Guess How Much I Love You: 20th Anniversary

Have you heard of this book? I used to work at Walker Books (who publish it), so this very special book has always been on my radar, although I’m not sure that as many people here know about it. Well, Guess How Much I Love You is an absolute classic and it’s celebrating 20 years in existence(…)

What I’m Reading

What I’m Reading

I’ve been reading such good books lately. I have a pile next to my bed and the pile is getting a bit out of control (it keeps toppling over and landing on the floor). I have a weird thing with books I like. Once I’ve read them, I want to keep them close to me(…)

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

We’ve all done it or had it done to us. Someone tags you in a less than flattering picture on Facebook (that one after too many glasses of wine where your make up is smeared and your eyes are half closed). Or you post a tweet that you afterwards instantly regret. You scramble around trying to(…)

Weekend & 10 Links

Weekend & 10 Links

This weekend I’ve been trying to focus on all the positive things in my life. The brilliant blue skies in Joburg, day after day. Smiles from strangers in shopping centres as they watch my daughter jump over the lines on the tiles. The feeling of a small puppy sleeping snugly in my arms. Fear can(…)

Lean In: A Book Everyone Should Read

Lean In: A Book Everyone Should Read

Before I read this book I thought Lean In was aimed solely at Sheryl Sandberg types: women who wanted to change the world and be CEOs of companies and leaders of countries. But I was wrong. This is a book for every woman, whether you work or not, and a book that men desperately need to(…)

Dinner Time by Mandy Collins

Dinner Time by Mandy Collins

I had “met” Mandy through Twitter before and I immediately liked her because she’d grown up in the Eastern Cape, which is obviously where the best people come from (I’m only biased because it’s true;). Mandy is an accomplished, experienced writer and she’s recently bought out a new recipe book called Dinner Time that I was(…)

Great Holiday Reads & Bookish Gifts

Great Holiday Reads & Bookish Gifts

                  Can you smell the holidays? I can. South Africans are unique in that many of us take a really long break over December (Americans take 3 or 4 days over Christmas – what?!!). Jokes aside, there is something very special about long lazy days spent by the(…)

We Had a Picture Book Party!

We Had a Picture Book Party!

We recently got sent a lovely box full of goodies from the team at Pan Macmillan including five gorgeous titles from Walker Books, posters, stickers, activity sheets and more. I’ve always had a soft spot for Walker Books, probably because I worked there for a short time when I lived in London and I remember how the(…)