Literary Lines – The Mistress

Books to treasure or read and pass on…

A book that is going to be treasured throughout the year and years to follow is WILDLIFE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (Struik Nature). Edited by well known environmentalist and zoologist Vincent Carruthers, this superbly produced, and affordable, field guide to the animals and plants of southern Africa, has been comprehensively updated. It is very user-friendly and also available in Afrikaans.

Danielle Steel, one of the world’s most popular authors, will delight her very many loyal readers with her latest, THE MISTRESS. A tale of beautiful women, powerful men, unimaginable wealth, love and betrayal, set against a backdrop of Moscow, Paris and the exotic Mediterranean, does Natasha choose love and freedom, or the protective world she lives in?
Readers of fast legal thrillers will, despite its Americanism, find the twists and turns of THE ABSENCE OF GUILT (Little Brown) by Mark Gimenez a good read, while those who enjoy tales of exploration will enjoy UNDER A POLE STAR (Quercus) by Stef Penney an absorbing story of discovering the arctic and blazing a trail to the North Pole.  Stef Penney, award winning author of The Tenderness of Wolves, has set her latest book in the 1800’s when exploration was considered a man’s world, not for the likes of her heroine, Flora who leads, through circumstances not of her own making, an expedition to the Arctic. The descriptions of the glaciers and timeless beauty of northern Greenland, torrid weather, the uncomplicated Inuit (Eskimo) people and a great love affair, confirm Penney as a supreme storyteller. Under a Pole Star is a big, sweeping tale of ambition, rivalry, tenderness and consuming passions.