June 26, 2022

Book Club: Our top pick for book clubs this month

Local author Fiona Snyckers has just published her latest novel, The school gates …which is the PERFECT book club read.

It is the third in a loose trilogy – the first two, Now following you and ARROW both fabulously successful. This one sees Ella Burchell, exhausted after years as a professional dancer, move to a small town on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, where she gets a job teaching dance to children at a private, for-profit school. She had no idea, when she took the job, about moms.

Private school moms… who run the school like their personal fiefdom. Surrounding the cliques at the school gates, they are a force to be reckoned with. Even when the gorgeous new cricketer coach arrives, she’s too busy answering their requests to give her much attention.

Great fun…especially since there’s more than one mom we know who could easily fit into this school door clique! Modjaji Books, from Exclusive Books

Another perfect book club read… How to save a life by Eva Carter. Structured around the simple steps involved in CPR, this book kicks off with Joel, who collapses at a New Year’s Eve party.

Enter Kerry, who performs CPR until the ambulance arrives, and Tim, who wants to be a doctor, freezes when it’s his turn to help.

The book, which draws on the author’s own experience with CPR to her partner and the stories of her mother when she worked as a trauma nurse, follows the trio and shows there’s more to be a hero than a split-second decision…it’s all about how you live your life. Pan Macmillan, from Exclusive Books