Reader’s Corner

12 September 2014



Words: Penguin Books

Here are some great books to look out for, and are available in all good book stores countrywide.

The Killing Room
Christobel Kent

When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no idea what he's walking into. Behind the ancient and luxurious façade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a series of terrible secrets; an old torture chamber, hidden for centuries in the bowels of the building, and a much more recent malevolence.

Get That Feeling
Ian Fuhr

Ian Fuhr’s fascinating story of serial entrepreneurship is not only about a modest man making it big; it offers valuable insights into a business triumph that has its roots in understanding cultural differences and niche markets. In this book, he shares the principles that have guided him over the years and takes the reader through the arduous but fulfilling process of building a pioneering brand.

Gaddafi’s Harem
Annick Cojean

In 2011, Annick Cojean, senior reporter at Le Monde, wrote a shock article titled Gaddafi's Sexual Slave, which told the story of Soraya, a 22-year-old Libyan woman who had been kidnapped and held captive since the age of 15. In 2012, Cojean returned to Libya to continue her investigation. Her book, Gaddafi's Harem, takes Soraya as its starting point to recount the fates of so many other women.

The Long Ride Home
Rupert Isaacson

Rowan came back from the shamans in Mongolia a changed boy. The most debilitating effects of his autism – his incontinence, his tantruming, and his inability to make friends – were gone. Father and son now embarked on a new quest, journeying from the bushmen of Namibia to the Navajo reservations of the American southwest, where Rowan was transformed – they had begun the Long Ride Home.

EDITOR'S PICK: The Long Ride Home is an incredible book about a father's (Rupert) unfaltering love for his son Rowan, who was diagnosed as severely autistic. Although there is no cure for autism, Rupert never stops looking for ways to help Rowan and in turn, helps many other autistic people. It's very well written, entertaining, educational and whether you have or don't have an autistic child, this book is a must read.

Dead Men’s Bones
James Oswald

Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself. For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. Under pressure to wrap up the case, McLean instead seeks to uncover layers of truth - putting the lives of everyone he cares about at risk.

Agent Storm
Morten Storm

He was the Western convert who would plunge deep inside al-Qaeda. He named his first son Osama after 9/11 and became a Jihadist. Then, after a sudden loss of faith, Morten Storm made a life-changing decision. He became a double agent and joined the CIA, MI6 and MI5. Storm's story builds to the climactic finale when he must betray his mentor al- Awlaki – al-Qaeda's biggest threat to the West.

Jeff and George and the Totem Pole (Also available in Afrikaans)
Julia Anastasopoulos & Emily Child

Jeff and George is a beautiful and highly entertaining children’s book that illustrates the unusual friendship between a boy and a tiny springbok. The energetic duo live together in a flat in the middle of Cape Town where they playfully get up to mischievous antics.

Warsaw Boy
Andrew Borowiec

In the autumn of 1944, 16-year-old Andrew Borowiec, wearing two left shoes and bleeding from numerous shrapnel wounds, limped into a German prisoner-of-war camp. Andrew was one of the youngest boy soldiers who fought in the Warsaw Rising, witnessing the worst street fighting since Stalingrad. Wounded in the leg, he emerged from the sewers and gave himself up, taking a chance as a prisoner of war.

EDITOR'S PICK: Warsaw Boy is an engaging first-hand account of the Warsaw uprising as seen through the eyes of a teenage soldier (the author), and a book you should definitely add to your reading list.

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