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Books that you won’t be able to put down

What better day to spend a cold day with a good book in hand, and boy do we have some great suggestions for you this month…

Decima by Eben Venter

He wanted to show that rhinos are sentient beings, says Eben Venter about his latest novel, Decima, which will be published in both English and Afrikaans.

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Each Mortal Thing by Michiel Heyns

When Natasha, a novice writer from South Africa, is nominated for a major British literary prize, Terence, a young university lecturer, undertakes to introduce her to the sights of London. However, London and its literary cliques are a far cry from Natasha’s Karoo hometown: through no fault of her own, she is disqualified, and their affair ends in tragedy. Michiel Heyns’s  Each Mortal Thing  shows us the metropolis through fresh eyes, calculates the cost of acts of kindness, and speaks to the grace that friendship can bestow on us.


Go as a River by Shelley Read

With Go as a River, Shelley Read has honoured the writer in her. After 30 years as a university lecturer, Read retired from teaching, and finally paid heed to the story that had long been brewing in her mind, and which shines a light on her deep roots in her home state of Colorado.


The Cassandra Complex by Holly Smale 

Holly Smale’s adult debut novel, The Cassandra Complex, is a unique, heartwarming and life-affirming novel about one woman’s unlikely journey through love, again and again… Smale chats about the idea behind the book, her
adult diagnosis of autism, and using her own life as inspiration for Cassandra.


Happy Place by Emily Henry 

Set over one sizzling summer, Happy Place is the new chemistry-filled ‘second chance love’ romcom from Tiktok sensation, Emily Henry. Read a Q&A with Emily.


This article was sourced from The Penguin Post, a magazine about books for book lovers from Penguin Random House South Africa.

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