Readers’ corner - Picks of the week

12 June 2015



Words: Pan Macmillan

Looking for something good to read? Look no further because we have a variety of fantastic books for you to consider.

The Next Africa

The Next Africa will change the way people think about the continent. The old narrative of an Africa disconnected from the global economy, depicted by conflict or corruption, and heavily dependent on outside donors is fading. A wave of transformation driven by business, modernization, and a new cadre of remarkably talented Africans is thrusting the continent from the world’s margins to the global mainstream. In the coming decades the magnitude of Africa’s markets and rising influence of its people will intersect with other key trends to shape a new era, one in which Africa’s progress finally overshadows its challenges, transforming an emerging continent into a global powerhouse.

Do Fathers Matter?

In Do Fathers Matter? the award-winning journalist and father of five Paul Raeburn overturns the lingering myths and stereotypes of bumbling dads and disciplinarian patriarchs through an in-depth and personal investigation of the latest scientific findings on the parent we've often overlooked. Drawing on research from neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, geneticists, and developmental psychologists, among others, Raeburn takes us through the various stages of fatherhood, revealing the profound physiological connections between children and their fathers, from conception through adolescence and into adulthood-and how these connections can help us become better parents ourselves.

I am because you are

In 1999, Teach For America and City Year weren’t yet popular post¬graduate options, and no one talked about social entrepreneurship as a career path. But when Jacob Lief, a 21-year-old college student, travelled to a post-apartheid South Africa, he was compelled to action. Inspired by the spirit of ubuntu, roughly translated as "My humanity is bound with yours," Lief moved to South Africa and, with a dedicated team, formed the Ubuntu Education Fund.

The Silent Sisters

Riley MacPherson is returning to her childhood home in North Carolina. A place that holds cherished memories. While clearing out the house she finds a box of old newspaper articles - and a shocking family secret begins to unravel. Riley has spent her whole life believing that her older sister Lisa died tragically as a teenager. But now she's starting to uncover the truth: her life has been built on a foundation of lies, told by everyone she loved. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

Ice Kissed

The second novel in the Kanin trilogy, from the international bestseller Amanda Hocking. Bryn Aven is still struggling with her burgeoning relationship with Ridley. She's also set on completing her mission to find the missing Skojare Queen. But when they do finally discover what happened, Bryn finds out that things are much more complicated than she'd originally thought. As she gets closer to the truth, Bryn is framed for the murder of the Kanin King himself. She ends up on the run, as home holds too few answers and no solutions.


Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from. When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents – people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive


Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit and uses her "glamour" to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told... until now. Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love, war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-colour image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.

Busy Ocean

This cuddly cloth book from Priddy's My First Books series introduces babies to colourful undersea creatures. The cover has a soft, fleece background, and a shiny appliqué patch on a big friendly whale for little hands to touch and feel, while there's a different, bright and eye-catching animal to meet on each of the padded pages. Busy Ocean is packaged in a box with a ribbon handle.

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