These are the books our books editor, MENEESHA GOVENDER, received recently. They may be reviewed later


Pleasure: A Novel

by Nthikeng Mohlele (Picador Africa)

The notion of pleasure is one of the most enduring themes of literature.

In this novel, the eccentric writer and dreamer, Milton Mohlele, explores this concept.

With wartime Europe and modern-day Cape Town as backdrops, Milton explores the secrets and deceptions of pleasure – and how powerless these insights are in the vast scale of life.


5000-1: The Leicester City Story

by Rob Tanner (Icon Books)

August 2015 was the beginning of an English Premier League that will go down in history books as completely unexpected.

Bookmakers priced Leicester City at 5 000-1 to win the coveted title. These, by the way, are the same odds as Elvis Presley being found alive.

Then in May this year, the impossible happened – Leicester City won the English Premier League.

This book details the club’s key matches and turning points and tells the inside story of Leicester’s year of triumph.


Dear Amy

by Helen Callaghan (Random House Penguin)

In her guise as “Dear Amy”, agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters, but never one like this:

“Dear Amy, I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. I don’t know where I am. Please help me, Bethan Avery.”

This must be a cruel hoax because Bethan has been missing for nearly 20 years. But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.

Instead, they let her in on a secret – one which may save the life of a young girl, and cost Margot her own.