Greg Lazarus is the pen name of Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus, authors of the psychosexual thriller When in Broad Daylight I Open My Eyes.
Our house is so cold that we have to go outside to get warm. Maybe that’s why we’ve been reading adventure novels – it’s a way to escape the Cape winter.
Greg has just finished Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic yarn of pirates and buried treasure.
It introduces great fictional characters, including that bad old charmer, Long John Silver.
Lisa is reading George RR Martin’s A Storm of Swords. Even if it’s sometimes a little hammy, all is forgiven: the plot just clips along.
And one can’t help rooting for the plucky dwarf Tyrion, who is described by his father as “an ill-made, devious, disobedient, spiteful little creature full of envy, lust and low cunning”.
We have also read Joe Daly’s Scrublands. Daly is a South African cartoonist whose surreal, deadpan stories – for instance, of an encounter with an excessively friendly man in a supermarket queue – are hilarious and strangely calming.
Lastly, we enjoyed AJ Jacobs’ Drop Dead Healthy, an account of his attempts to become the world’s healthiest man. We’re especially fond of the “Caveman” work-out, in which one runs about bare-chested, picking up rocks and fallen logs while disregarding pain and minor injuries.
- When in Broad Daylight I Open My Eyes is published by NB Publishers