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The Breadwinners (A Family Saga of Love, Lust and Revenge) by [Hurst-Nicholson, Jan]
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About the Author

Jan Hurst-Nicholson lives in sunny South Africa where she is personal chef to an elderly picky cat, and doorman to two dogs who are forever on the wrong side of a door. The dogs sit beside her as she works. The cat sleeps on the work. She has been writing for about 30 years. Her articles, humorous articles and short stories have appeared in South African and overseas magazines and these were compiled into a book: "Something to Read on the Plane - a bit of light literature, short stories & other fun stuff," and "I Made These Up (short stories for the fireside)" Her first children’s book was "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs" and was one of Bookchat’s 1993 South African Books of the Year. This was followed by "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse" which was selected as one of the 2013 Kart Kids Book Award winners. ‘Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat’ is awaiting publication. These are humorous, animal, detective stories set in a nature reserve. "Bheki and the Magic Light", which tells of a rural child’s fascination with a torch, was published by Penguin SA and is now also available as an e-book. ‘Jake,’ was published by Cambridge University Press. Born in the UK, Jan emigrated from Liverpool to South Africa in the 1970s. Her experiences moving to a new continent were the inspiration for her humorous novel, "But Can You Drink The Water?", which was a semi-finalist (top 50 out of 5000) in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Jan worked in the R&D department of a large bakery for several years, and this gave her the inspiration for "The Breadwinners" a family saga spanning 60 years and set in Durban. Jan has also written a YA/teen novel, "Mystery at Ocean Drive" which was a runner-up in the 2010 Citizen/Pan MacMillan YA novel award, and is now available as an e-book on Amazon. Jan’s latest novel is "With the Headmaster's Approval" a contemporary romance. Jan’s writing also appears in Edge Words (20 stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2006) published by University of Chester, Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul 101 best stories On Being a Parent; Summer Shorts, and My Funny Major Medical .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Just4kix Books (11 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042P5HCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found this very interesting to read. It's the tale of three families who build up baking empires from scratch with plenty of rivalry in between. It covers three generations. I did feel though that the subject matter could have covered three books - because this was in one novel characters and happenings couldn't be covered in as much detail as they would have been if a seperate book had been devoted to each generation. Don't let that comment put you off, I enjoyed reading this. But if the author ever finds enough hours in the day, this story could be the basis of a whole series of novels!
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In her saga, Jan Hurst-Nicholson gives us three families in competition, intertwined, in love with and at odds with one another, all draped in an unlikely cloak of the family bakery that morphs, over time and generations, into corporate, high tech and high finance cutthroat business and politics. Believe me, and the author, Jan, within this story is high drama, sometimes crusty, sometimes hot and steamy, sometimes sweet and light, just as the breads and pastries that draw the families together and rends them apart. The unforgettable characters are the primary ingredients to this excellent mixture set in South Africa, but the reader will never again take a lowly loaf of bread for granted.
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I read this book many months ago (probably early 2011). This is a true saga in it's own right. Characters are well constructed; good, solid details regarding the "setting" ie South Africa... not without subtle mentions of early protagonist(s) origins/North West England. The author has intricately woven a lovely and intriguing "tapestry" over the years/generations.
This is one batch of bread that will definately never be relegated to my toaster! A book that I will surely read again.
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I loved this book, I couldn't wait every night to pick it up, the sort of book you just couldn't put down, but when I got to the end I was so disappointed , I think it should have carried on a bit further, unless of course I'm missing something.
it is a shame there is no follow up to this book.
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