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These are some of the books our books editor received recently. They may be reviewed later
The Top Prisoner of C-Max
by Wessel Ebersohn (Umuzi, R190)
Wessel Ebersohn is one of South Africa’s top crime writers and this latest book promises to be another gripping read.
If you’ve read any of his other books, you will recognise Yudel Gordon – a detective and eccentric psychologist – and Abigail Bukula – a brilliant young lawyer.
This time the two team up to save Beloved Childe, Gordon’s protégé, from a gang leader at C-Max prison.
Enslin Kruger is vicious and dying – a lethal combination.
The man who kills Beloved will be named his successor – a coveted title in the world of gangs.
The race is on to save Beloved.
My first taste of South African crime writing was through the works of Ebersohn and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
by Trevor R Corbett (Umuzi, R190)
Durban is the setting for Trevor Corbett’s new spy thriller.
Kevin Durant is a South African James Bond. In Allegiance, he teams up with a new partner, Cedric Shabalala, whose passion for doing things by the book and obsessive compulsive cleanliness threaten to drive Durant over the edge.
Add to this the fact that a terrorist group is targeting an American diplomat visiting Durban who is being hosted on a US war ship in the harbour, and things are about to become difficult.
Having first-hand knowledge of South Africa’s State Security Agency, Corbett is capable of delivering a strong plot with many twists and turns.
Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life
by Charlene Smith (Struik Travel & Heritage, R295)
Many books have been written about Nelson Mandela. He serves as an inspiration to the world.
His iconic status is often attributed to the fact that after being released from prison after 27 years, he was not a bitter man. Instead he reached out to old enemies, and honoured all.
In this book, Charlene Smith traces the life of this statesman and relates how he attempted to repair a wounded nation.
Shanaaz’s Real Food
by Shanaaz Parker (Human & Rousseau, R220)
Shanaaz Parker is a food personality with a radio food show and has many years of experience in teaching cookery.
The recipes she shares in this book promise to be easy to follow and delicious.
From spicy beef soup to a potato, mushroom and jalapeno bake – she offers some tantalising recipes to try out this winter. - Meneesha Govender