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The Keiskamma Art Project …

by Brenda Schmahmann  Reviewed by Stevie Godson ALTHOUGH it was originally inspired by a hand-embroidered 11th century tapestry in the French cathedral city of Bayeux, the Eastern Cape’s own Keiskamma Tapestry is internationally recognised today and acclaimed as a work of art in its own right. That’s hardly surprising because it tells a quite different [...]

The Accidental Life …

An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers by Terry McDonell Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson  Here’s an irony: If ever a book title needed editing, it could be the one on the cover of award-winning American editor Terry McDonell’s new book. The Accidental Life it’s called—An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers . [...]

The Latter Days …

… a memoir by Judith Freeman Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson Born into a community of devout Mormons, it’s only when she starts kindergarten that Judith Freeman realises different lifestyles exist in the outside world: It’s apparently full of heathens and other interesting people. A feisty child, unafraid of speaking [...]

Fall of Man in Wilmslow

by David Lagercrantz Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson    WHEN Detective Constable Leonard Corell is called to a house in a quiet English suburb he discovers a man lying lifeless on his bed, white froth dried into a dribble of powder at the corner of his mouth, a half-eaten poisoned apple [...]

The problem with filth filters

I’D NEVER heard of “the Scunthorpe problem” until about 4am on Tuesday, when insomnia saw me catching up on some reading matter over a large mug of freshly brewed coffee. What I did know was that Scunthorpe is in Lincolnshire, on England’s eastern side, and is the country’s largest steel processing centre. I’ve never been [...]

The Road to Little Dribbling …

… by Bill Bryson Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson   Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island, is sometimes that—and sometimes not. His famously droll way of highlighting the “small [...]

Of luscious lips and sillypops

THERE’S nothing like a quick slick of lipstick to momentarily boost my mood. Little things, as the saying goes. Unfortunately, it was one of those little things — eye-shadow was another — that made my dear late mother-in-law slightly suspicious of me when we first met. An old-fashioned soul, she was probably worried I wore [...]

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

…  A novel by J Ryan Stradal Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson If Eva Thorvald—whose life we follow (more or less) from the time she’s born—ever prepares your food, rest assured it will taste exquisitely unlike anything you’ve ever eaten before. In Eva’s skillful hands, even the most mundane dishes are good enough [...]

Urn-ing eternal life

I’M NOT given to thinking about my own demise very often – far too depressing, I find – but when I do, I try to focus on the drama of my farewell, stage manage it in advance, as it were. (Way in advance, I hope.) There was a time, for example – quite a long [...]

Bugs and bonanzas

WE’VE been well and truly wamble-cropped in our house lately. As if it isn’t bad enough that I’ve been battling an evil, recurring infection for months, the beloved’s just been felled by a different kind of bug. I’ve been ducking and diving out of his germ-laden way as much as possible, but to no avail [...]

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