Books

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(…)

Win a Family Book Hamper worth over R1500

Win a Family Book Hamper worth over R1500

  ***PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winner of the hamper was Louise Jackson*** I’ve been lucky enough this year to have been sent some amazing books and the truth is that I just don’t have time to get through all of them. I buy a lot of books myself so(…)

The Miniaturist: A Perfect Book Club Read

The Miniaturist: A Perfect Book Club Read

I’d been hearing about The Miniaturist for a while. And then I got sent a copy to review and I was VERY VERY excited. I had no idea what it was about but it looked intriguing and magical and the author was born IN 1982 (don’t you hate it how talented people seem to be(…)

Good Morning Mr Mandela: 7 Things I Learnt about Madiba

Good Morning Mr Mandela: 7 Things I Learnt about Madiba

If someone is regularly in the public eye, it’s easy to think that you know them. Even more so if that individual becomes somewhat of a deity, revered beyond what is healthy or normal. And so it was the case with Nelson Mandela. That’s why I loved reading Zelda la Grange’s new book, Good Morning, Mr(…)

Win a Personalised Book from Tailored Tales worth R350

Win a Personalised Book from Tailored Tales worth R350

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winner was Vhutali Ngwana**. I recently stumbled across this amazing concept called Tailored Tales, which creates customised books for your children. Normally these kinds of offerings just insert your child’s name into the wording, but what Tailored Tales does is pretty special: they take a photograph of your child and(…)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender: A Review

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender: A Review

I must admit that what first drew me to this book was its cover. I mean, how beautiful?! Back in the UK when I worked in book publishing I spent some time designing book covers and I learned just how important a cover was in terms of “selling” the book to readers and positioning the genre(…)

Reading with your Kids

Reading with your Kids

Did you know that only 13% of UK dads are “the main reader with their child”? A friend sent me this really interesting article on Huffington Post which is about an initiative encouraging fathers to read to their children, because for some reason mothers are more likely to assume this responsibility. The stats are UK and(…)

Writers, Books & Other Good Things

Writers, Books & Other Good Things

On a whim, the husband and I decided to visit the Kingsmead Book Fair today and I’m so glad we did. I love all things bookish and the fact that this gathering of incredible writers and fellow book lovers was happening right on my doorstep, really makes me happy. What doesn’t make me happy is(…)