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Jislaaik it's Lekker is a cookery book of traditional South African recipes. It has the subtitle Every dish has a story, and it's this aspect that makes it so much more than a recipe book.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
10 Dec 2009

Spotlight on An Author: Sheryl McCorry

Sheryl McCorry's first book Diamonds & Dust became a bestseller after it was published two years ago. Her second book Stars over Shiralee tells more about her life from where the first ended. I read the second book first, but rushed to my library to borrow a copy of Diamonds & Dust as soon as I'd finished her second memoir. Sheryl became the first women in the Kimberley to run two million-acre cattle stations. She writes in a real down-to-earth way and it's wonderful to hear about life on the cattle ranches of regional Australia. It's certainly foreign to South Africans, but interestingly it's also very different to the lives of most Australians.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
10 Dec 2009

Where's the ivory, me hearties?

I find it fascinating to read fiction that deals with real, current and controversial issues, and Ivory definitely fits into that category. Set off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa, it deals with piracy on the east coast of Africa as well as elephant culling in the Kruger National Park. Author Tony Park, dubbed as Australia's own Wilbur Smith, says that there are predictions that the increased western naval presence off the coast of Somalia will drive the problem of piracy south into the waters of Mozambique and South Africa. “This is what happens in my book, and the South African navy is dragged into a confrontation – not an unrealistic prospect these days,” he says. It is of interest that Tony conducts much research in Africa as he and his wife have travelled there every year since 1995. Tony works in Sydney as a freelance public affairs consultant, but he and Nicola spend three to five months at a time in southern Africa, mostly camping in national parks. And that is where Tony does much of his writing.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
29 Oct 2009

Children begin to learn most of the things they need to know to adapt successfully in school, before the age of three. As a parent that is a scary concept, and makes us realise the importance of our children's very early years.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
20 Aug 2009

Whether it's gourmet African favourites or traditional recipes, Matilda Scarfe's passion is cooking. Beginning with her mother's and grandmother's recipes, she has developed a style so very African, and a sensational gourmet experience.

 
 
 
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Posted by Matilda Scarfe
20 Aug 2009

Sally Henderson's first book Silent Footsteps was a bestseller in Australia and her second book Ivory Moon has just been released. Subtitled Getting lost and found among the desert elephants of Namibia, it tells the wonderful story of a Queenslander's journey of discovery in Namibia.

 
 
 
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Posted by Sally Henderson
20 Aug 2009

Sabona has 5 copies of Michael Stanely's A Deadly Trade to give away to readers. Simply be one of the first five readers to comment on this review and we will send you your own copy.

This is the second book in the Detective Kubu series by authors Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, writing as Michael Stanley. The first A Carrion Death, which was previously reviewed by Sabona, received three award nominations and has been widely acclaimed in media throughout various parts of the world.
 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
25 Jun 2009
I recently picked up a copy of Libraries Top 40 Book Club Reads at my local library in Brisbane. It’s published by the Brisbane City Council and has given me some wonderful ideas of books to read. Those that first struck me were the ones that focused in some way on Australia.
 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
21 Apr 2009
As an ex-South African, I can honestly say that I love my new life in Australia. This beautiful country has been very good to me and I have found myself settled and happy in the ‘new land’. Every now and then, however, especially when thumbing through old holiday albums or driving in the hinterland where the landscape is so reminiscent of the South African bush, I find myself nostalgic for open-topped land rovers, excited, albeit hushed, whispers trying to draw attention to some or other marvellous creature just out of sight in the shadowed bushes, and the crackling of a bonfire accompanied by the spine chilling coughs of a nearby lion, the nocturnal rumblings of an elephant or the snickering of a hyena.
 
 
 
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Posted by Loren Nel
03 Apr 2008
In this edition we review "The Butterfly Month" by Ariella Kornmehl. In this her second novel, Joni, a young Dutch doctor, finds herself working and living in rural South Africa. Betrayed by her parents, her lover and her own body, she has left Amsterdam and has found a strange sort of refuge in the protective sense of order forced on her by the dangers of living in South Africa.
 
 
 
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Posted by Loren Nel
23 Nov 2007
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