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  • Snapshots From My Uneventful Life
    David I. Aboulafia
    Snapshots From My Uneventful Life is an inspiration and a joy to read...endearing...very funny and disarming collection of memoirs... told in a wry and easy conversational style that makes you think the author is there chatting alongside you as the two of you indulge in a drink or three. Highly Recommended. ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews

  • Glance at My Other, A
    Bruce Randal Wilkerson
    Interesting story and concept. It's a page turner and a refreshing change of pace ~ Christi Schaefbauer, NetGalley

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Great style - I got curious after reading a review about this book. It was a decent read at the time when I wanted a modern novel. ~ Dorita, Amazon Customer Review

  • Pilgrimage on the Path of Love
    Barbara Ann Briggs
    This is a stunning novel.
    When I read a novel, I expect escapism, diversion, entertainment and sometimes upliftment.
    'Pilgrimage on the Path of Love' soars above these expectations. I can only describe it as a meditation. As I read it, I entered the world of the protagonist, Shantila Martin. I traveled with her, felt with her and scaled the heights with her, smelling the Deodar trees, seeing the Divine pattern in rocks, mountains and people. Sometimes I read of faraway places and want to go there. In 'Pilgrimage on the Path of Love', the scenes were painted with the eye of the soul and were so visceral and full, I was there.
    I missed it when I had finished. ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon.co.uk

  • Pilgrimage on the Path of Love
    Barbara Ann Briggs
    Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is a wonderful spiritual book which is easy to read and contains,at the same time, many profound spiritual insights which are helpful for our own path. Barbara Ann Briggs combines in her book spiritual values and the relationship to the Divine. Her book is full of human love which is transformed into divine love and enables us, not only to read the story, but also to live it. ~ Inge Quatraro, Belgium

  • Moby-Dick Blues, The
    Michael Strelow
    I had discovered the one secret thing that I could know and the rest of the family could not” is the dream of any child at sea in a big family, and the narrator who begins this book has his talisman to hold and study and live by. What he has, and what we have, is a book before it was a book, and that makes life a thrill and a mystery. If a box of manuscript pages were a whale, and the rainy fastness of the Oregon coast were the sea, then the reader of this book would be in the grips of the Ahab writer of this book, bound for a quest. The pages of The Moby-Dick Blues are like a veil through which the reader may pass between the incantations of Melville and the songs of Strelow. Read and be carried away.

    ~ Kim Stafford, author of 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Five stars. A very interesting and intriguing story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. Makes you want to read to the end and think about your own life stories. ~ Rebecca, Amazon Customer Review

  • Pilgrimage on the Path of Love
    Barbara Ann Briggs
    Wonderful Writing:
    This is an excellent first novel. It is well-written with a multi-layered plot all on the theme of love but in different ways. It is part travelogue and part story. ~ Barry Spivack, Oxford University graduate

  • Pilgrimage on the Path of Love
    Barbara Ann Briggs

    " Whether you read this book or not, this is a journey everyone is going to have to take. Truthful, touching, vulnerable always to an impossible ideal, until that ideal undergoes its inevitable transformation and finds fulfillment. You can't imagine this story, it has to have been lived. Beautifully and honestly told."
    ~ HWB, Architect,UK

  • Pilgrimage on the Path of Love
    Barbara Ann Briggs
    "I loved this book. Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is one of those rare novels that manages to combine great storytelling with genuine and profound spiritual insights and experiences in a completely natural way. The essence of the book is about the search for the truth of life, and for supreme love, both human and divine.

    Written in autobiographical style, I found the prose so vivid and immediate, that I really entered into the experiences of the narrator, Shantila Martin, an American woman writer living in the UK. She visits India for the publication of her first book, and finds herself on an unexpected journey.

    Her experiences of the vibrancy of Indian life in Delhi, and later in Manali and Ladakh, are vividly depicted, and descriptions of the scenery of the Himalayas are breathtaking, reminding me of the wonderful paintings of Nicholas Roerich. The writing is so alive that we feel every bump in the road, every intense discomfort of life in this extraordinary country, and all Shantila’s responses. We are also able to share in her experiences of its astonishing beauty and spirituality, and enjoy her many meetings with interesting and remarkable people.

    There is real spiritual poetry in this book, in the descriptions of nature, and in Shantila’s profound experiences during her visits to Temples and Monasteries, often reverberating with the devotional chanting of Buddhist monks. The descriptions of the transcendental nature of her own meditation are beautiful, and one feels this must be the first hand experience of the author.

    As the book gains momentum, all of her experiences together - painful, blissful and reflective, combine to help her unfold deeper and deeper layers of realisation of the true nature of love, and of the ultimate unity of all life. I feel it’s a strength of the book that the narrator is depicted as a woman with normal vulnerabilities, rather than as a superwoman. It shows that genuine desire for spiritual growth can transform all our lives to higher states of consciousness.

    This book was a really inspiring read. It’s a heartfelt book - full of enjoyment of the beauty of life, and a celebration of the highest spiritual values of human consciousness and its relationship to the Divine. I missed it when I had finished it, and am looking forward to more from this author." ~ Sally Brighouse, UK

  • Snapshots From My Uneventful Life
    David I. Aboulafia
    The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice...it had me chuckling and reminiscing on my own rather uneventful life... take a chance on this very short book...entertaining, thought provoking and delightful! ~ Sandy, Amazon

  • Steal a Few Cents
    Rupert Smith

    “You learn a lot about countries (and industries) from novels. Rupert Smith does not disappoint with his latest.”

    Bobby Godsell is the former CEO of AngloGold Ltd, one of the biggest gold mining companies in the world; and the former Chairman of Optimum Coal Holdings Ltd, a listed coal mining company in South Africa. Bobby spent a lifetime in the South African mining industry. ~ Bobby Godsell

  • Steal a Few Cents
    Rupert Smith
    “An intriguing mystery of today’s South Africa, where the Rainbow Nation comes face to face with corruption and greed. The writing crackles with authenticity and sense of place. A splendid addition to new local writing”

    Steve Davies is the owner and director of Bay Books. He has been a reviewer and in the book trade for decades. ~ Steve Davies

  • Steal a Few Cents
    Rupert Smith
    "Rupert Smith knows the South African coal mining industry intimately, and it shows in this riveting murder mystery. From the mines of Emalahleni to the boardrooms and suburbs of Johannesburg, each scene and character rings true. A fabulous read!"

    Paul Theron, CEO of Vestact Asset Management in Johannesburg; and is a television presenter. ~ Paul Theron

  • Steal a Few Cents
    Rupert Smith

    “Fast-paced, tightly written, and authentic , Steal a Few Cents spins an all too convincing thriller out of a South African setting of veld, mining and corruption.”

    Tim Butcher , author of Blood River, Chasing the Devil, and The Trigger ~ Tim Butcher

  • Steal a Few Cents
    Rupert Smith
    "Steal a few Cents is a fast-paced thriller of coal mining and corruption - exciting and immediate. Mining in South Africa is all too much like this. "

    Hulme Scholes is a South African mining lawyer, and a director of Malan Scholes Attorneys, Johannesburg. The firm is consulted by a wide spread of South African and international mining companies. ~ Hulme Scholes

  • Steal a Few Cents
    Rupert Smith
    In Rupert Smith's addictive new book, the mining magnates of old may have gone, but the cowboy antics of the industry haven't. Smith is suitably modest when describing his long involvement with mining - having been party to some of the most interesting post-apartheid deals, has also meant that he witnessed some of the shenanigans which goes with running mines in South Africa. It makes him uniquely placed to write a fast-paced thriller - but not one so fast paced that loses its balance of plot development and attention to detail. Unputdownable! ~ Kalim Rajab, writer and corporate executive based in Johannesburg

  • Amoeba-Ox Continuum, The
    Trent Portigal
    Praise for Trent Portigal's previous novel 'A Floating Phrase':
    ...A deftly crafted novel that explores the nature of art and fear...consistently compelling and fully engaging from beginning to end. ~ Midwest Book Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    An Intriguing dive into the meaning of relationships and the way we use them to define ourselves, with a twist. ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon.co.uk

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Great read, couldn't put it down, wanted to get to the end but didn't want it to finish. ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon.co.uk

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