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Steven Langdon

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As a journalist for Canada's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, Steven Langdon began reporting from southern and eastern Africa -- and he has since lived and worked in the continent for years. What began as a job has taken over his life, as he has built family ties and friendships throughout Africa. "Most important," says Steven, "I've been able to connect with thriving, vibrant African community groups who are winning results for people on the ground from Senegal to Malawi. Their spirit pushed me to write this novel." In his work in Africa, Steven Langdon has helped support African groups working against corruption. He brings his expertise on this subject to this novel, and to understanding the severe challenges of countering fraud. "I'v ...more

Giller Prize 2018

I have now finished all five of the books on the Giller Prize shortlist for 2018. Overall, this is one of the best, most diverse set of selections that I can remember -- great job, Giller jury members! There is a wide range of genres, a good mix of writers (three women, two men, with differing backgrounds) and a combination of settings both abroad and in Canada.

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews
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Miriam Toews has written a number of excellent novels. This is a particularly harrowing addition to her list.

Based on actual events that took place in a Mennonite farming colony in Bolivia, the book recounts the conversations among eight women as the
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Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys
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I have read various Helen Humphreys novels and always found them well-written and engaging. This novel, from 2004, is no exception.

The title of the novel refers to a pack of wild dogs in a nearby forest that stick together and molest farm animals suc
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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
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This is the fourth of the Cormoran Strike series, recounting both the progress of the disabled former soldier's detective agency and the developing relationship between Strike and his bright young associate, Robin Ellacott.

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Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
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I have read a number of Atkinson's novels, such as "Life after Life," "A God in Ruins" and "Transcription." All of these have been excellent.

This book, a Jackson Brodie novel, was less compelling. Brodie is a solid character, and the theme of the boo
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The Plotters by Un-su Kim
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This is a highly unusual book, basically the life-story of an assassin, set in a crime-ridden version of Seoul in Korea.

Reseng, the assassin, is portrayed as a philosophical and often tormented killer, unsure that he should be doing what he does, yet
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The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
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The first book in this series, "The Rosie Project," was a delight. An eccentric, hyper-focused genetic scientist, Don Tillman, launches a questionnaire to find a wife -- and collides with Rosie Jarman, who is seeking her genetic father. Both misunder ...more
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Children of the Moon by Anthony De Sa
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I have read several previous books by De Sa, and found them of mixed quality. This powerful novel, however, is excellent.

Based mostly in Mozambique and Tanzania, it is a penetrating story of Po, born an albino African, and her troubled life in the fa
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Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa
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This is one of the books on the short list for the Giller Prize this year. Since it also focuses on immigrants and the way they experience life between two different worlds, it is hard not to compare it with Cockroach, another Giller nominee (and eve ...more
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