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Leopold Blue

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Meg Bergman is fifteen and fed up. She lives in a tiny town in rural 1990s South Africa - a hot-bed of traditionalism, racial tension and (in Meg's eyes) ordinariness. Meg has no friends either, due largely to what the community sees as her mother's interfering attempts to educate farm workers about AIDS. But one day Xanthe arrives - cool, urban, feisty Xanthe, who for som ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Hot Key Books (first published December 20th 2013)
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Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I think it must be quite difficult to write a character like Meg: one whom the author wants to be reasonably sympathetic to the reader while also being...well. Meg isn't terribly pleasant for much of the book. She's young and feels isolated and as though the world is against her, which is not unusual for a teenager, but in Meg's case it's the early 90s in South Africa, and Meg is the sort of low-key racist that she'd probably think is not racist: Meg would much rather that her mother, a trained ...more
'Leopold Blue' is set in a very important time in history; one that many young people are oblivious to, but should be reading about. This was a setting that was very prominent when reading Rosie Rowell's debut novel, especially after the recent death of Nelson Mandela, who was mentioned throughout the book. This was also a novel that not only tackled politics, and this was widely-discussed, but also the way that South Africa was changing during the 1990's and the belief that black people were no ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5* - see full review (with a GIF) on my blog if you wish...

You know that feeling when there's many awesome books but there's one standing out for a ridiculously gorgeous cover? You can see where I'm going with this? So, part of the reason I was attracted to it was the gorgeous font, a leopold blue, contrast to the grey sky- supposed to be blue- with a plain girl, windswept hair & OK... you probably can see for yourself that's it's eye-catching.
Lucy Powrie
You can read more of my reviews at Queen of Contemporary

You may know by now that I’ll read practically anything Hot Key Books publish. So when Leopold Blue was offered to me to review, I jumped at the chance. Once again, I wasn’t let down. They really are a miracle publisher.

We all know how confusing it can be growing up, and Leopold Blue is a story all about discovery. One of the most striking things about the novel is its beautiful writing and voice. The protagonist, Meg, doesn’t have any frie
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It was a bit of a coincidence that I began reading Leopold Blue during the time Nelson Mandela’s sad death was announced. It felt quite fitting to be reading about 1990s South Africa at such a time and believe this novel may stay with me for a very long time on that basis.
Meg seems like an average teenager, she’s surly, not exactly best friends with her parents and happy to push her little sister around. Meg is normal, she isn’t particularly happy in her small South African town, b
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A really enjoyable read which appealed to me quite nicely.

I really loved the historical setting and the backdrop to the story more than anything else. The book is set in South Africa in the 90s and I enjoyed learning about life during the period for ordinary people particularly looking at the divisions that existed even though they should have passed. I was very much fascinated by it throughout the book.

However I wasn't a huge fan of the main characters so I found myself not all that fussed ab
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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My first read for the Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon

I received this novel for review from the publishers, Hot Key Books.

See my full review Right Here.
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Rosie Rowell was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. After completing a BA degree in English and Economics at the University of Cape Town, Rosie arrived in the UK on a short working holiday and never quite managed to leave. She now lives in in the wilds of West Sussex with her husband and three children, but returns to South Africa as often as the bank balance will allow. She has recently ...more

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