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My Brother's Book
Jo-Anne Richards
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My Brother's Book

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  20 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
'My Brother's Book' tells the story of betrayal and atonement that spans the lives of two siblings from their nomadic childhood in the Eastern Cape in the 1960s, to their adulthood in 2004 in Johannesburg.
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Picador Africa
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Fiona Groves
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: saga
It's never easy to read books set in apartheid South Africa, but it was a really good story. It is told by moving between past and present with a twist in the tale. I also enjoyed the fact that I have been to or through many of the places mentioned and now I feel like a heap of prawns from Parreirinha in La Rochelle ;)
Judy Croome
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an exploration of the capricious nature of truth and perception surrounding relationships and personal experiences of life-shaping events, MY BROTHER’S BOOK is an absorbing read.

Rich in detail, thick with emotion and pierced through with thought-provoking philosophy, the story meanders through the lives of siblings, Lily and Tom.

From their nomadic childhood in the Eastern Cape with their charismatic, but often absent, father Pop, the author paints an accurate picture of the paradox of aparth
Jayne Bauling
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Richards is one of those writers who continue to hone their craft rather than coasting along on the strength of an early success. She has an acute awareness of the elements that make for good fiction.

In this character-driven novel about estranged siblings and the damage done, the courses changed, by carelessness, the author shows an understanding of the complexity interior to ostensibly simple relationships. Her characters are human and flawed, and their denial or distortion of various truths is
Caroline Sautereau-manowe
I found her writing style to be incredibly difficult to read, and therefore could not finish the book. Despite enjoying the story line, I really struggled to get as far as I did (page 72 out of 220-odd) and that doesn't often happen.
Amanda Patterson
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Lovely cover. The publishing world is still obsessed with feet and shoes.
Good opening lines.
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: south-african, 2010
I loved this book. I need to allow it to settle before I can do justice to it in a review.

But I am a fan - no doubt about that
Bridget Dore
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of my favourites
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