Book review: My grandmother sends her regards and apologises by Fredrik Backman

  Fredrik Backman loves to give us characters with prickly dispositions. Seven-year-old Elsa of My grandmother sends her regards and apologises is no exception. Then again, who can blame her with a grandmother who flings poop at the police, breaks into zoos and makes it her life’s mission to torment their highly strung neighbour Britt-Marie? […]

Grey Magic by JT Lawrence: An enchanting read about a modern-day witch

  Book Review: Grey Magic by JT Lawrence Device: ePub Location: On the KTX from Seoul to Daegu; in bed the whole of Sunday; on the express bus to Gangneung for Christmas Rating: Enchanting   I started reading JT Lawrence’s latest novel Grey Magic on the KTX train from Seoul to Daegu. I had just […]

That time I met Ngugi wa Thiong’o in Wonju, South Korea

  When my friend Palesa Mgidi first shared the news of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o winning the 2016 Pak Kyongni Prize on Facebook, we speculated over whether or not he would make the trip to receive the award in person. Palesa and I, both English teachers from South Africa living in Daegu, decided that we couldn’t […]

A festive (bookish) affair

  On Saturday, 29 October the Daegu Global Education Center hosted a spectacular event for the city’s elementary, middle and high school students – a book festival! Guest English teachers from all over the world came together to share stories from our home countries with students and their parents. There were traditional folk stories from […]

Two reviews: The Texture of Shadows and We Are Not Such Things

Book Review: The Texture of Shadows: A Novel by Mandla Langa Publisher: Picador Africa Device: Paperback Location: In bed Rating: Revolutionary   Book Review: We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun Publisher: Jonathan Ball Device: Kobo Location: In bed Rating: Unsettling   Today I’m reviewing two books side by side because I […]

Review on an airplane: On reading (and loving) The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga

Book Review: The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga Device: Kobo Location: Flight KE 697 aboard Korean Air and KE 698 return. Rating: Saving grace   It’s taken me longer now to write about The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga than the six and a half hours it took me to devour it. How to write about this […]

My creative writing journey: I wrote a book and started another blog

I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately. I’ve finished six books in the last two months that I still need to review: The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga (loved it, finished it in six hours!), We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun (strained my eyes trying to stay awake to read just […]

Reflections on my goodreads challenge: So far, not so good (but I’ll keep on trying)

At the beginning of the year I made a foolhardy decision: I publicly pledged to read 100 books this year. Mathematics has never been my best subject, and once my husband pointed out that I’d have to read at least two books a week I promptly changed it to 50 books. One book a week, […]

Book review: Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele

  Book Review: Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele Device: Paperback Location: At home, in one weekend Rating: A book with an “Oh!” moment   “I wrestled with life and lost.” What I like most about Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele is the way it’s set up. At first you meet the protagonist and you think, […]

Book review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

  Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel Device: Paperback Location: On the bus and subway downtown; it was also present when I lost my wallet (if not the cause) Rating: Mind-bending   My only regret is that it’s taken me this long to read anything by Haruki Murakami. […]