Soutpansberg review of Under The African Sun

The cover of Gail Gilbride’s book, Under the African Sun. New novel reflects life of Soutpansberg resident Date: 22 June 2017 By: Anton van Zyl   In November last year, South African author Gail Gilbride introduced her novel Under the African Sun to the reading public. It is presented as a work of

Breeding Bookworms!

Every year I decide on a mission. Last year, it was Random acts of kindness. I loved it so much that I carried it through to May 2017. But I woke up this morning, with a new mission spiraling around my head… Breeding Bookworms! I need to help breed readers

Sandy James, Principal of ECS, reviews Under The African Sun – Gail Gilbride

  Under the African Sun is, in my opinion, not a conventional love story.  It is a “life” story that vividly transports one to the desperate struggle against prejudice in South Africa in the 1970’s.  When I took up the book to read it, I could not put it down. 

The iconic Lesley Pearse in person!

I was honoured and delighted to interview the iconic Lesley Pearse, at Exclusive Books Cavendish Square, on Wednesday 17 May 2017. Within a matter of months, my role at a launch had swopped around and I would be fibbing if I said it wasn’t daunting. My questions were prepared, tweaked

A review of Americanah

Adichie’s Americanah is a story of race, identity and enduring love. Ifemelu and Obinze are a young couple, when they leave Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, confident, Ifemelu goes to America, where she is confronted with what it really means to be black. Obinze, unable to join Ifemelu in the

Being the interviewer…

For the first few months of 2017, I was interviewed a lot. That may sound like a fairly bland statement to make. If you’re someone famous, it’s probably a weekly event. But if you’re a regular Jo soap, then it’s a big deal. I’m used to lecturing first year students

Dead to me – Lesley Pearse

Dead to Me, explores the universal themes of love and deep friendship, intertwined with abandonment, betrayal and abuse. Verity, Ruby and particularly Archie, are vivid, convincing characters, who spring off the pages and into one’s life.  Wilby too, embodies the maternal traits every child longs for. Ruby’s mother is a

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