Monthly Archives: November 2009


The Boer War Diary of Sol T. Plaatje

I found this thin, unassuming volume quite by accident on my parent’s shelves, and having heard Plaatje mentioned in other books I’ve read recently, I was intrigued to read a diary by this famous black intellectual. I have also covered a bit of Angol-Boer War […]


Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of the best-known literary classics, and one which has had a persistent legacy. It is only the second of Austen’s book I’ve read (the other being Sense and Sensibility), but was very enjoyable From a modern perspective the […]


Op soek na Generaal Mannetjies Mentz

Ek is Christoffel Coetzee se roman Op soek na Generaal Mannetjies Mentz deur ‘n vriendin geleen, en het dit werklik treffend ervaar. Mannetjies Mentz vind tydens die Anglo-Boer Oorlog plaas, en vertel die verhaal van ‘n veggeneraal, Mannetjies Mentz. Desnieteenstaande dat Mentz fiktief is, word […]



I have, of course, known about JM Coetzee’s novels for quite some time (Disgrace is still waiting on my shelf), but even so I didn’t really know what to expect from Youth. This semi-autobiographical novel is written from the perspective of a young South African […]

Unseen Academicals

Unseen Academicals

Terry Pratchett is probably my favourite author, and it is always with great enthusiasm that I read new Discworld novels. The latest, Unseen Academicals, was no exception to this. As most of Pratchett’s novels, Unseen Academicals takes an aspect of our own society, in this […]

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams: The Story of Green & Black’s is the autobiographical account of the two founders of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate, and goes from its founding to its purchase by Cadbury’s as a globally recognised brand. I found this book an absolute pleasure to […]



Grimus is the first novel written by Salman Rudshie (better known for Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses). Falling somewhere between Fantasy and Sci-Fi, this rather philosophical novel investigates the consequences if people are offered immortality and accept. The plot is somewhat obscure and does […]



After Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped is probably Robert Louis Stevenson’s best-known novel. I greatly enjoyed Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, so I was rather looking forward to this book. As a historical novel set in Scotland […]