December 2015 book competition

December 2015 book competition

Win all of the books featured in our December issue!

December-2015-booksPERFECT BEACH READ

After You (Pamela Dorman Books) is the sequel to the worldwide phenomenon Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how she has ended up working in an airport bar, whether her family can ever forgive her, and will she ever get over the love of her life? What she knows for certain is that something has to change. Then it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite the stranger in…

Alert (Penguin Random House) is the eighth novel in James Patterson’s bestselling series featuring Detective Michael Bennett. New York has seen more than its fair share of horrific attacks, but the city is about to be shaken like never before. After two devastating catastrophes in quick succession, everyone is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett is assigned to the case and given the almost impossible task of hunting down the shadowy terror group responsible. With troubles at home to contend with, Bennett has never been more at risk, or more alone, fighting the chaos that surrounds him.

Spanning over 350 years of history, Maverick (Struik Publishers) by Lauren Beukes explores the compelling lives of some of South Africa’s most famous – and notorious – women, including Brenda Fassie, Daisy de Melker, Sara Bartmann, Ingrid  Jonker, Helen Joseph, Nongqawuse and Bessie Head. But it also delves into lesser-known stories of the likes of reluctant Boer commando Sarah Raal; the ill-fated Khoekhoe interpreter Krotoa-Eva; Black Sophie, the brothel queen of Bree Street; and Elizabeth Klarer, who gave birth to an alien love child in 1958.

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies – until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukaemia – cue extreme adolescent awkwardness – but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. In Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Abrams Books), Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight

Are you ready to be whisked away by Fairy Godmother on a magical adventure featuring Prince Charming, splendid coaches and magnificent parties? Join in the fun by opening the flaps as you peek inside Cinderella’s house, spin the wheel to turn a pumpkin into a glittering coach, transform the heroine’s rags into a sumptuous ball gown and enjoy the wonderful pop-up happy ending. Cinderella by Harriet Castor (Penguin Books) is a stunning interactive gift perfect for little fairytale fans.

Sally Andrew lives in a mud-brick house on a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo with her artist partner, a giant eland, and a secretive leopard. She also spends time in the wilderness of southern Africa and the seaside suburb of Muizenberg. Before settling down to write full time, she was a social and environmental activist. Recipes for Love and Murder is her first novel.

Who/what inspired you to write Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery?
I invented Tannie Maria to keep me grounded, make me laugh, and help me learn how to love – and to cook. The book is also inspired by my love of the Klein Karoo. I moved to a nature reserve here a few years ago, and the place now owns me. I am a fan of old-style ‘cosy’ mystery books, so this genre shapes my writing. I also love to play with words, to try and use them to share beauty, and to evoke open-hearted feelings.
Tannie Maria is such a loveable character – is she based on anyone in particular ?
I do know a very cute Tannie called Maria, who was happy to lend me her first name. However, beyond that, my character is pure invention.
If the book was turned into a movie or TV series, who would play Tannie Maria?
Hmm. Sandra Prinsloo? (She is the narrator for the audio version of the book, distributed by BookTalk.) Meryl Streep?
Will there be more books? (We hope so!)
Yes! There will hopefully be many more in this series of Tannie Maria mysteries. I have nearly finished writing the second book, which will also be published by Penguin Random House in South Africa.
What books do you have on your nightstand?
The Case of the Mischievous Doll by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason series); Bosman at his Best by Herman Charles Bosman; West with the Night by Beryl Markham; The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith (The 44 Scotland Street series); and Life or Death by Michael Robotham.


About Samantha

Features writer in love with words, the ebb and flow of language and the nuances of speech. Also like to laugh. And I have a blog.


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