Murder mystery, a legacy of love with delicious contemporary Italian dishes and an exploration of inventors, bright minds and other science Heroes of South Africa featured in the best reads this season.

SUNFLOWER SISTERS by Martha Hall Kelly

Georgeanne “Georgey” Woolsey isn’t meant for the world of lavish parties and demure attitudes of women of her stature. So when the war ignites the nation, she follows her passion for nursing during a time when doctors considered women a bother on the battlefront. In proving them wrong, she and her sister Eliza venture from New York to Washington D.C., to Gettysberg and witness the unparalleled horrors of slavery as they become involved in the war effort.

In the South, Jemma is enslaved on the Peeler Plantation in Maryland, where she lives with her mother and father. Her sister, Patience, is enslaved on the plantation next door and both live in fear of LeBaron, an abusive overseer who tracks their every move. When Jemma is sold by the cruel plantation mistress Anne-May at the same time the union army comes through, she sees a chance to finally escape – but only by abandoning the family she loves.

Trade paperback | R325 | Random House US

SUCH A QUIET PLACE by Megan Miranda

Welcome to Hollow’s Edge, a picture-perfect neighbourhood where everyone has each other’s backs. At least, that’s how it used to be, until the night Brandon and Fiona Truett were found dead. Two years ago, branded a grifter, thief and sociopath by her friends and neighbours, Ruby Fletcher was convicted of murdering the Truetts.

Now, freed by mistrial, Ruby has returned to Hollow’s Edge. Her return sends shock waves through the community, terrified residents turn on each other, and it soon becomes clear that not everyone was honest about the night the Truetts died. When Harper begins to receive threatening, anonymous notes, she realises she has to uncover the truth before someone else gets hurt.

Trade paperback | R265 | Atlantic Books

OUR ITALIAN LEGACY OF LOVE by Chiara Viljoen, Ryan Viljoen and Luciana Treccani

What do you get when you add a little Italian, a little South African and a whole lot of love? A heritage of classic yet contemporary dishes from the Café del Sol family kitchen.
Basking in Italian and South African heritage, this family knows how to put their heart and soul into the most scrumptious food for their guests, and now you the reader. From colazione (breakfast) and antipasto (appetisers), through primo (pasta and risotto) and secondo (main courses), to desserts and cocktails….we challenge you to page through this book without your appetite roaring to life!

Create your own legacy of love with these contemporary Italian recipes.Buon appetitito!

Hardcover | R400 | Struik Lifestyle

DOG DIARIES: DINOSAUR DISASTER! by Steven Butler, James Patterson

I have something very IM-PAW-TANT to tell you. I was with my mutt mates in the dog park when we saw something MONSTROUS through the trees… I recognised it straight away.

It was a huge DINO-ROAR! Now, I know what you’re thinking – dino-roars don’t exist anymore, right? WRONG. I spotted one in the flesh, well in the bone…..And it smelt tailwaggingly tasty!

I followed it’s a sniff-a-licious scent to the BIGGEST building I’ve ever seen, and the smells coming from inside were the most dusty, mouldy, oldy, dirt-lectable whiffs I’ve ever wrapped my snout around. I don’t know what the humongous building is, but what I do know is that I just HAVE to get inside.

Paperback | R105 | Random House UK


In this book you will read all about inventors, bright minds and other brilliant science heroes of South Africa.
You’ll read the stories of people who made medical breakthroughs, about people who love animals and plants
and about people who try to understand the secrets of the sky.

This is a truly South African book that will inspire all readers to question, explore, discover and to create.

Paperback | R330 | Penguin


Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mom for another woman – even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection. When given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing, she follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, and discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift.

When a couple kisses in front of her, she sees their whole relationship play out, from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up. For Evie, it confirms everything she thinks she knows about love – that it doesn’t last.

But at the dance studio she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating – and they start to learn to dance, together…

Paperback | R190 | Puffin