Candlelight reads to beat the load-shedding blues

Reading time: 3 min

Don’t let load-shedding get you down. Rather, journey into the Scottish Highlands where a friend turns into a murderer, lose yourself in the secret of memories, embrace the profound depths of human strength, discover a community living in fear, and explore a powerful memoir of dementia, traversing a family’s intricately woven history.

the-hunting-party-lucy-foley-minThe Hunting Party

by Lucy Foley

This gripping page-turner will keep you riveted! Enjoying a wonderful Christmas break, a group of friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students 10 years ago. The trip begins innocently enough, but one of these friends is a murderer.

And one won’t make it out alive.

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The Binding

by Bridget Collins

This magical novel is an unforgettable masterpiece. Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each, he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory.

where-the-crawdads-sing-delia-owensWhere the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

This novel is an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story and a surprising tale of possible murder. For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So, in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl.

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The Dreamers

by Karen Thompson Walker

Imagine a world where sleep could trap you – for days, for weeks, for months. One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her room and falls asleep. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town.

the-blackridge-house-julia-martinThe Blackridge House

by Julia Martin

Be utterly captivated by The Blackridge House, and delve into stories of home and family, of the precarious footprint of life. Elizabeth Madeline Martin spends her days in a retirement home in Cape Town. Bedridden, her memory fading, her daughter resolves to find the Blackridge House and so begins their journey that traverses an almost forgotten history.

All books published by Jonathan Ball Publishers. Images supplied.

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