Buy/Win a copy of Mine now

Interested in giving Mine a try, but not sure where to find it? Good news! I’ve done the comparison shopping for you.
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Local books to love this February

Local is lekker, as we say in South Africa. I’ve joked before that you can’t throw a stone in Cape Town without hitting a writer, but that’s definitely not a bad thing. We have a feast of wonderful local books spanning every genre – thriller, crime, fantasy, romance, poetry, young adult, non-fiction.
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Happy World Read Aloud Day

It’s World Read Aloud Day and also my book birthday! That means Mine is officially available online and in stores right now!!

To celebrate, here’s a short reading I recorded for the  .

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Mine, so what’s it all about then?

In a few weeks’ time (or less, oh my god) my latest novel Mine will hit South African shelves.

So far, I’ve been describing the book as a love story. And it is.

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LEGO book review: The Wren Hunt

When I discovered that Mary Watson’s debut young adult novel was going to be published by Bloomsbury, I knew right away that it was going to be very, very good. I’ve been quoting Watson’s short fiction in my workshops for some time, especially her Caine-Prize winning story, Jungfrau. I’m not the only one who thinks her short story collection, Moss, contains some of the best fiction out there. When she left for Ireland nearly ten years ago, it felt like South Africa had lost a very important voice. Until now.

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LEGO book review: The Boy in the Dress

First let me say that I am a huge fan of David Walliams. Specifically, his comedy. I love Little Britain, Walliams and Friend, and all his appearances on shows like The Big Fat Quiz. I really enjoy his comedic style, with his signature build-up, pause and dry punchline.
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LEGO book review: The Rules of Magic

I must confess that I haven’t actually read Practical Magic. It’s one of my favourite films, which doesn’t really count, I know. Truthfully, I didn’t even know it was a novel until I saw a Tweet about the release of its prequel, The Rules of Magic.

Happily, having since ordered Practical Magic for later, I decided to tuck into its prequel over the Christmas break.

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Looking back at being different

Growing up, I knew my parents were different to other kids’ parents. They did their own thing. They listened to Black Sabbath and had a collection of vinyl records from the seventies. I used to watch The Muppet Show with my mom. We’d picnic in the park and eat junk food. The garden was my wonderland where I could literally do anything I wanted – dig holes, climb trees, stay out all day. I was so wild sometimes I’d sleep on the ground using the dog’s furry belly as a pillow.
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