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Book Bites: 25 May 2014

The VisitorsThe Visitors
Sally Beauman (Little, Brown)
Book fling
Get front row seats to the greatest archaeological find in history – the tomb of King Tutankhamen, uncovered in Egypt in 1922. You can smell the dry desert air in the Valley of the Kings as Beauman expertly tackles the tale of Howard Carter and his doomed expedition through the eyes of Lucy, a 10-year-old English girl sent to Egypt to recover from her typhoid fever. Not quite Hilary Mantel, but it’ll do.
- Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

Dark WindowsDark Windows
Louis Greenberg (Umuzi)
Book thrill
Jay Rowan blacks out windows in rooms where people have recently died, part of a secret venture by the government to ensure the arrival of South Africa’s spiritual awakening. Or is it? Dark Windows is crowded with morally ambivalent characters living outside a diabolical new system of love, tolerance and homoeopathy. In Dark Windows Greenberg has come of age as a writer, expertly investigating rebellion, responsibility and permanence. His exploration of “the appeal of apocalypse” is startlingly positive.
- Diane Awerbuck #STBooks

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