A few thrills and a bit of royal skandaal
From short stories, politics and thrillers to musings about princesses, here’s some reading matter to consider
The best thing about a holiday read is disappearing for blissful stretches. Those pleasurable thrills which are pure escapist fun. Just as life should be at this moment. I’m going to consume these books along with my mimosas and margaritas.
My first go-to distraction will be my stack of thrillers. First up is Joburg Noir (Jacana Media), a collection of short stories edited by Niq Mhlongo. It’s written by 20 South African authors - some established, some up and coming. The best thing about short stories for me is that I can dip into them for half an hour at a time and read a complete story, so there’s no rush to get to the end.
The other thrillers that are on my must-read-now list are Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry (Harvill Secker) and Safe by SK Barnett (Century). Barry, whose real name is Melissa Pimentel, wrote the gorgeous and enthralling thriller Freefall, released last year, and I’m hoping Don’t Turn Around is going to be as good. SK Barnett is also a pen name. It belongs to James Barnett Siegel, who wrote Derailed. It was adapted into the blockbuster film starring Clive Owens and Jennifer Aniston. Safe is about Jenny, who was kidnapped when she was six and returns to her family at 18. But is she really Jenny? I think I’ll need to set aside a couple of days for these books...