Having lived in Southern Africa, I can picture the scenes described, hear the African ladies talking and feel the slower pace of Africa time as Botswana's number 1 lady detective and her assistant go about their daily lives. Each book made me smile and laugh while enjoying Ma Ramotswe's shrewd judgment of human nature and her perceptiveness in knowing how to fix some of the issues and predicaments presented to her by her clients.
If you haven't yet discovered this delightful set of books, get down to your local bookshop or library and pick up a copy of the first in the series. I do hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
April – Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-American author who also wrote The Kite Runner. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a moving story set in Afghanistan. It's both the tale of two women and the tale of two cities – Herat and Kabul. It's a harsh and brutal existence they face in the life behind the burka. Their friendship, which grows as they endure a prison-like existence, with its backdrop of violence, is the enduring strength of the novel. It's thought-provoking and filled with loss and grief and yet the strength of spirit is uplifting. It will stay with you, as all good books do, and is well worth reading.
July – A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
"Losing yourself in a great novel is one of life's most enduring and dependable joys. Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world".
"The 40 best books to read during lockdown by Ceri Radford and Chris Harvey. The Independent."