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WIN a Kindle Fire

Shadow Self is available internationally on ebook ($3.99) and as a paperback ($12.99). To celebrate, I am running a competition for my readers. Buy a copy of Shadow Self (No Mother is Perfect) and stand a chance to win a Kindle Fire. How to do it When you buy the...

Brain Games (II)

Following on from last week’s review of The Mind Club comes a non-fiction book by Henry Marsh. If ever you’ve wondered what it might be like to slice through a brain to save someone’s life, or wondered what a career as a brain surgeon is truly like, then Do No...

Paula Marais book review

Brain Games (I)

There are two kinds of perceived minds, each with its own type of morality – thinking doers and vulnerable feelers.”  (Wegner and Gray) I’ve been reading, rather coincidentally about both the physical brain and the thoughts, dreams and actions that result from it. Many talk about the difficulty of coming...

Review: Leaving Before the Rains Come

He would stay in Zambia because he loved the romance of it. I could remain here, safely. Our lives would be the ‘three rifles, supplies for a month, and Mozart’ of Out of Africa without the plane crashes, syphilis and Danish accent. As a fellow African, I like Alexandra Fuller’s...

Go on, feed an author today!

As writers, we really appreciate our readers – especially when they take the time to write a positive review about our books. This doesn’t take too much work but often my readers have said they couldn’t review a book because they didn’t know how to! (Technologically speaking.) So here is...

Becoming less of a Twitter twit

Last week was one of my sharpest learning curves from a work perspective for a very long time. I have written and edited for years, but social media (apart from the obligatory and easily mastered Facebook post) has always been a bit of a terrifying zone for me. But my...

Bees, please

A few weekends ago we did a beekeeping excursion with Albertus (aka Farmer Redbeard) near Ashton (Western Cape). An experience like that is a wonderful way to hone all one’s senses. Garbed in our beekeeping gear, our jeans tucked in our socks and our hands protected with thick rubber gloves,...