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What I’m Reading: Terry Morris

By Kate Sidley for the Sunday Times:

Open CityIn the Footsteps of Mr. KurtzTerry Morris is managing director of Pan Macmillan South Africa

As usual I am immersed in about six books – some for work and others purely for entertainment. I’ve just finished Boomerang by Michael Lewis, a wickedly funny, but ultimately devastating, view of the financial crisis across Europe.

I’ve been motoring through a number of phenomenal manuscripts for publication in 2012 by authors such as Nadine Gordimer, Frank Chikane and Lawrence Anthony. I was intrigued by all the hype surrounding Teju Cole’s novel Open City and so far I am definitely not disappointed.

Following her recent trip to South Africa, I picked up a copy of Michela Wrong’s In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, and it is a sharply researched and eye-opening account of the Mobutu Sese Seko era in Zaire.

In between all of this, I am reliving my childhood, reading an array of wonderful picture books to my twins: Again! by Emily Gravett, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child.

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