Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (with Steven L Hopp and Camille Kingsolver)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

If there’s one book you read this year, make sure it’s this one. It took me a month of Sundays to finish on account of the detailed content, (and reading another book in between) but wow, was it worth it! I came away inspired, informed and far more aware of the adage, ‘you are what[…]

Lisa Lazarus and husband, Greg Fried - co-authors of the Book of Jacob

A couple’s journey into parenthood

Cape Town writer Lisa Lazarus doesn’t mince her words when explaining why she wrote The Book of Jacob—her joint memoir of a couple’s journey into parenthood. ”I wrote it because I was cross, in truth I was furious—the book really burst out of me,” she said at the recent launch of the book, which was[…]

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones

The Last Chinese Chef

‘A story of food, healing and love’ reads the blurb. It’s that … and more. Food writer, Maggie goes on a quest to Beijing, China, to discover the truth behind her late husband’s infidelity and subsequent paternity suit. The search coincides with the opportunity to interview rising culinary star, Sam Liang for a magazine. The[…]

Pomegranate Soup

Three sisters flee Iraq in the midst of political and personal turmoil and settle in a quaint little Irish town called Ballinacroagh. Reminiscent of Joanne Harris’s Chocolat, the sisters open The Babylon Café serving exquisitely created Iranian fare that transcends the bland local offering. Gradually, they win over the jolly Father Ferber Mahoney and a number[…]


Australian author, Tim Winton’s gift of writing with clarity and simplicity immediately sweeps his reader into the story.

In Breath, even the brooding dark cover of boy in dusk surf aptly dictates the darkness that seems to permeate through the entire novel. Narrated by ‘Pikelet’ – a young surfer, it tells the story of his sometimes tortured life story – of the peaks and troughs that come with adolescence.

The Red Tent

An imaginative, compelling story set in ancient Mesopotamia, Canaan and Egypt, offers readers a rare insight into life as a biblical woman—in particular, Dinah, only daughter of Jacob. While the author, Anita Diamant maintains her interpretation is purely fictional (food sounded delectable), she has clearly researched her topic with great detail and there are fascinating[…]