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Book Reviews: Deceit, life’s battles, and suspense

Book review Liar Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Liar | By Ayelet Gundar-Goshen | Publisher: Pushkin Press | ISBN: 9781782273844
Nofar is just an average teenage girl. So average, she’s almost invisible. Serving customers ice cream all summer long, she is desperate for some kind of escape. Then one afternoon, a terrible lie slips from her tongue. And suddenly everyone wants to talk to her: the press, her schoolmates, and the boy upstairs – the only one who knows the truth.
     Then Nofar meets Raymonde, an elderly immigrant whose best friend has just died. Raymonde keeps her friend alive the only way she knows how by inhabiting her stories. But soon, Raymonde’s lies take on a life of their own.
     A heart-stopping novel about deception and its consequences, Liar brilliantly explores how far a lie can travel and how much we are willing to believe.
     Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is an award-winning novelist and clinical psychologist based in Israel. Her novels have been translated into 14 languages. She is an occasional correspondent for the BBC, TIME magazine and Israeli media. One of her short scripts, Batman at the Checkpoint, won the Berlin Today Award for the best short film in 2012 on the Berlinale Talent Campus. Her first novel, One Night, Markovitch (2012) won the Sapir Prize in 2013 for debut novels. The Hebrew novel was translated into 13 languages.

Book review So you want to build a start up Matthew Buckland

So You Want to Build a Startup? | By Matthew Buckland | Publisher: Tafelberg | ISBN: 9780624088721
Matthew Buckland built a business that employed 70+ people and counted Vodacom, Naspers, Mediclinic and J&B as clients. He fulfilled many an entrepreneur’s dream when he sold it to M&C Saatchi for millions, and stayed on as MD. But a few years later, he was out on his own again with a new venture and a new battle to fight: against cancer. So You Want to Build a Startup? is a frank, refreshing account of the difficulties – and the fun – of building a new-media business. 
     Matthew Buckland was an entrepreneur and investor with more than 20 years’ experience in management and strategic roles for internet and technology businesses. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Buckland headed up the online division of the Mail & Guardian and founded the award-winning 20FourLabs at Naspers. 

Book review End Game Wilna Adriaanse

Endgame | By Wilna Adriaanse | Publisher: Tafelberg | ISBN: 9780624086499
Ellie McKenna likes her new, quiet life in the countryside. She has time to reflect on the death of her dad, that fateful night at the police roadblock, and to recover from her physical and psychological scars – the result of her last mission. Here, in her safe haven, she even finds time to help out as a church organist. But when they finally – inevitably – track her down, she knows that she’ll need to find out who is looking for her, and why. 
     Endgame is the keenly anticipated sequel to Blindside.
     Wilna Adriaanse was born 1958 in the Kalahari. She grew up in Worcester and matriculated from Worcester High School. Thereafter, she completed a BA and BA Honours degree in Sociology and Development Administration at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1981, she married Deon Adriaanse. They lived in Giyani for three-and-a-half years before they moved to the Cape in 1985.
     During the next four years, she studied Psychology through the University of South Africa. Her first novel, ’n Ongewone belegging, was published in 2001. Her best-known novels include Rebecca (2004), Met ander woorde (2006), Die boek van Ester (2008), and Vier seisoene kind (2010).

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