Festive Book Quiz

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Are you a Christmas book buff? Win a mini library of books

Festive Book Quiz: The South African is giving one lucky reader the chance to win an amazing bookstack of recent releases.

Festive Book Quiz

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Participants in the fun festive book quiz will stand a chance to win eight books that were recently released and which come highly recommended by our inhouse book reviewer.

In the spirit of recycling, we are giving these pre-loved books away and passing them on to bring joy to the next reader.

PS: Look out for some of our notes and inscriptions on the inside!

How to enter:

Complete our multiple-choice Christmas Book Quiz which you will find at the end of this article. The closing date for entries is 4 January 2021 and the draw will take place on 5 January 2021.

Our mini library includes something for every type of reader. From science fiction lovers to biographies, this giveaway is sure to put a smile on every bookworm’s face.

Genre: Biography/ Autobiography

Becoming Dr Seuss — Brain Jay Jones

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From the pen of award-winning author and bestseller Brain Jay Jones comes a fascinating exploration of the life of the American icon, Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Geisel.

Jones dives deep into this well-loved children’s author life as both a successful advertising man and a political cartoonist and unpacks the legend behind Dr. Seuss: a writer whose work still captivates audiences young and old with witty rhymes, valuable life lessons and incredibly colourful characters.

Untamed – Glennon Doyle


For many years New York Times bestselling author, activist and humanitarian, wife, and mother of three, Glennon Doyle denied her discontent.

Then one day, at a conference, a woman entered the room. Glennon looked at her and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. Soon she realized that they came to her from within.

Glennon was finally hearing her own voice—the voice that had been silenced by decades of cultural conditioning, numbing addictions, and institutional allegiances. She vowed to never again abandon herself. She decided to build a life of her own—one based on her individual desire, intuition, and imagination. She would reclaim her true, untamed self.

A tale of self-love, bravery, and power, Untamed is an inspiring and heart-warming book for all readers.

Genre: Non-fiction

Femicide in South Africa – Dr Nechama Brodie

It is a well-known and horrifying fact that South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, and a femicide rate that is more than five times the world average.

In this book, Dr Nechama Brodie looks at the story of femicide in South Africa over the past forty years. She interrogates police, public health and media data, exploring the history of violence against women in an entirely new way that contextualises and challenges the state and public response to what has, in reality, been a crisis for decades.

Be sure to check out our full review on this book here.

Genre: Poetry

I Wish I’d Said

I Wish I’d Said

Funeral service and insurance provided AVBOB, through its sponsorship of the AVBOB Poetry Project, has given South Africa the gentlest, most inclusive act of bereavement support in the form of an online poetry competition.

This national competition is open to speakers and writers of all 11 official languages and includes poems from young and old.

Gripping, heart-wrenching, and incredibly powerful, this collection and initiative as a whole, has provided South Africa with a creative outlet for grief and has been instrumental in the establishment and discovery of young poet voices.

Genre: Science fiction

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

From the mind ofthe New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of the Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini, comes another masterful and epic story that is a feat in science fiction.

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she’s awakened in a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic.

At first, she’s delighted at the chance to discover something life-changing, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into an odyssey of discovery and transformation that spans the galaxies.

While Kira faces her own horrors and nightmares, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope…

Genre: Historical fiction

Home Stretch – Graham Norton

Home Stretch

The world has been eagerly awaiting a new novel from best-selling author and award-winning writer and TV presenter, Graham Norton. Having won numerous awards and having had his books sold in over 10 countries, Norton finally releases his latest work, Home Stretch: a novel that will captivate readers from the very first page.

It is 1987, and a small Irish community is preparing for the wedding of two of its young inhabitants. They’re barely adults, not so long out of school and still part of the same set of friends they’ve grown up with. As the friends head home from the beach that last night before the wedding, there is a car accident. Three survive the crash, but three are killed. And the reverberations are felt throughout the small town.

Connor, the young driver of the car, lives. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame and so he leaves the only place he knows for another life.

Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, by the noughties he has made a home – of sorts – for himself in New York.  

The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced, somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new life.

But the secrets, the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind will not be silenced. And before long, Connor will have to meet his past.

The Glass House – Eve  Chase

Described by the New York Times as a book that is “not really about a murder, or a creepy house, but about families – the ones we’re born into, the ones we make and especially the ones we flee’, The Glass House tells a deeply-moving story of the power of family, love and the inevitability of truth.

When the Harrington family discovers an abandoned baby deep in the woods, they decide to keep her a secret and raise her as their own.

But within days a body is found in the grounds of their house and their perfect new family implodes.

Years later, Sylvie, seeking answers to nagging questions about her life, is drawn into the wild beautiful woods where nothing is quite what it seems.

Will she unearth the truth?

And dare she reveal it?

Check out our full review on this book here.

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

The Silent Wife – Karin Slaughter

The Silent Wife

This is the new thriller on the shelves that has had everyone in the reading community buzzing with excitement.

It is an international, 1# bestseller and has been the talk of book clubs around the world.

He watches…

A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she has no reason to be afraid, but she’s wrong.

A predator is stalking the women of Grand County. He lingers in the shadows, until the time is just right to snatch his victim.

He waits…

A decade later, the case has been closed. The killer is behind bars. But then another young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead, and the MO is identical.

He takes…

Although the original trial has gone cold – memories have faded, witnesses have disappeared – agent Will Trent and forensic pathologist Sara Linton must re-open the cold case.

But the clock is ticking, and the serial killer is determined to find his perfect silent wife…

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