BR: ‘The Smell of Apples’ by Mark Behr

This is an unusual novel as, despite being aimed at adults, it is told through the eyes of a young boy, eleven-year-old Marnus, who grows up in an Afrikaans family in 1970s South Africa. At first his life appears ordinary, but as the story progresses the reader becomes aware of the hypocrisy, secrets and lies of... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: ‘Us’ by David Nicholls

Rating: 9/10 'Us' is the story of Douglas Petersen, a hardworking, down-to-earth biochemist, who plans to win back the hearts of his bored wife Connie and rebellious teenage son Albie by organising a 'Grand Tour' of all the major art galleries of Europe. The novel follows the Petersen family as their journey goes breathtakingly wrong, but the narrative is also interspersed... Continue Reading →

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