Reviews

For anyone who is not yet familiar with me or my books, and for any kind readers who are taking an interest in more of my work, this is the page where I show off, or rather let other people show off for me!

As some reviews are comprehensive but expansive, I am posting excerpts here with the appropriate book title. Perhaps you’ll be tempted to try one of my stories based on what you discover here. Yes, I know it says a small selection, but I had a lot of problems making up my mind!

Reviews a small selection, with Amazon *rating

WALKING OVER EGGSHELLS

I can’t recommend this book highly enough! An excellent read chronicling events in the life of the author who overcame adversity again and again, and achieved so much in her life against all the odds, having to resettle and virtually start again in several different countries from Libya to Africa. Very well written and I really could not put this book down.’

5  stars     Caryl Williams (Wales)

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That Lucinda E Clarke can write and write well is not in question. This memoir left me breathless at times. She writes of her adventures, mis-adventures and family relationships in an honest but entertaining manner. As each chapter opened I could not wait for the continuing saga and adventures to recommence. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, buy it, delve in and lose a few days, well worth it.

5 stars      Jenifer Herrick-Weatherstone “allweathers” (Spain)

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It takes a lot for me to read a book all the way through without skipping past the less interesting bits. Walking over Eggshells is one such book. There are no less interesting bits. Tight, well written, and searingly honest it is in fact possibly the most interesting book I’ve read this year.

5 stars      Wusseyboy (Surrey)

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I highly recommend this book, Lucinda showed tremendous strength, dedication and grace throughout her amazing life!’

5 stars       Olivia mason-Charles (SUNRISE, FL, US)

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Wow, what an amazing book and lady! I am so full of admiration for this lady and how she coped with her life as a child and during her life in Africa. Absolutely brilliantly written and thank you for sharing your story in this book!

5  stars     Judith Benson  (Huercal-Overa)

 

AMIE AN AFRICAN ADVENTURE

This book was written with such consummate skill. I have enormous admiration for Lucinda E Clarke as an author. She not only knows how to write an edge-of-the-seat, well-constructed story that would make a brilliant movie – she does it using beautiful, spare, intelligent, and amazingly descriptive language. By the time I got to the end of ‘Amie’ I felt as though I’d been to Africa – seen it, touched it, smelled it, heard it… loved it and hated it. Everything that is the truth of the country is there in this book. Can I give it six stars please? It deserves it.

5 stars      Lesley Hayes author in Oxford, UK

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The book is a spellbinder and it gives you a look at the modern day Africa and all it entails. I look forward to reading the other three books by Lucinda further exploring her African background and life. I recommend that you buy and read these books and you will appreciate the problems that Africa has.’

5 stars       Egon Nielsen Vancouver Canada

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‘”Amie: An African Adventure” by Lucinda E Clarke is a powerful and intriguing story about a European woman who comes to live in an African Country. Cultural clash and assimilation, expected and unexpected experiences as ex-pat, colonialism, politics and many more issues are touched upon by an author who knows the continent well. Having travelled extensively through Africa the book hit home for me on many levels and I applaud the author for her sensitive and reflective portrayal of all that is good and bad. The character of Amie is instantly likeable and well chosen as narrator. The plot is solid and gripping. Very recommendable.’

5 stars       ChristophFischerBooks “Chris” TOP 500 REVIEWER

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The author has brought together her writing skill, imagination and considerable insight to produce a strong, believable plot which contains natural dialogue, superb imagery and a compelling story of the need to survive. It is the strongest natural desire and is portrayed well here. Well done Lucinda.

5 stars       Tom Benson (United Kingdom)

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I was captured on the first page and couldn’t put it down. I even took it to bed with me so if I woke up I could start reading it again. The book pulls you into the everyday life of the communities -the good, bad and corrupt – the impact on Amie, her family and friends. It is a smooth flowing adventure and you never knew the twists or turns. I was part of the adventure, felt the emotions, distrusted the government and was aware of its impact on the ordinary citizen. I loved this book and hated to see it end. I would recommend it to anyone.’

5 stars       Jo-Anne Himmelman (Australia)

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TRUTH , LIES AND PROPAGANDA

I very rarely read non-fiction or memoirs but I find this author’s books, about her life in Africa fascinating. Her time working within media is told in an informative, but humorous way. Some of the situations are hilarious while at the same time the book gives an interesting insight to media practices and life within South Africa. Throughout the book, the writer’s energy and zest for life bounces off the page, and it is easy to imagine how she met all the challenges sent her way.

5 stars       Diana Febry  (United Kingdom)

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Most of all, for me personally, what came across most forcefully was this author’s stamina, courage, good humour, perseverance and sheer hard work in facing all kinds of people and situations to emerge just as proud of her profession as a writer as she had ever been. Always so cool. So dignified. She is a shining example to all us writers.

5 stars       John M W Smith (United Kingdom)

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It is remarkable that she has managed to deliver such a comprehensive exopsé without resorting to vindictive outrage or to personal criticism of individuals in positions of influence or power. This adds to the believability of her account and makes what is already a fascinating read a very powerful account. Lucinda E. Clarke is a master wordsmith who never disappoints. She writes in a clear, easy to read style that carries her reader onwards. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all with an interest in the media or in Africa.’

5 stars       Ian Mathie (Scotland)

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This book made me feel as though I was standing at Lucinda Clarke’s shoulder, taking part in the quirky adventures that peppered her life working in the media in South Africa. I gained a real insight into a side of South Africa we don’t hear much of, but also into how the media works. I may never view a documentary the same way again! I loved the touches of humour and the easy flow of her writing. I highly recommend this book.

5 stars       Boz

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An amazing lady has written another very astonishing book. Truth, Lies, Propaganda details Lucinda E. Clarke’s thirty years of working in the media in Africa. I used to think that working in radio would be a glamorous job, but working while surrounded by bayonet welding soldiers tends to take the glamour out of the job. The stories Clarke tells are fascinating and intriguing. I loved the story about the rats, and trust me; I don’t like rats. Her sense of humor is over the top as she finds a way to keep a smile on your face. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Lucinda E. Clarke has once again written an amazing piece of literature which you will love. Great job, Lucinda E. Clarke!

5 stars       Rick Johnson (United States)

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MORE TRUTH, LIES AND PROPAGANDA

I was a beta reader, feeling very proud to be chosen to read her second book of life in SA.
South Africa is my first love outside of the US. I visit yearly, so am always looking for books about the country and mostly about its people. Lucinda has written several books about her time in SA. Being as she worked in the media industry it is amazing to follow her along as times change from radio to television. She is an engaging writer who gives you the whole picture with humor thrown in to add to the fun. Even if SA isn’t your “great love” you will enjoy the book, it is a captivating chronicle of her life.

5 stars       Amazon customer (Minneapolis, MN)

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The book visits humour, sorrow, joy and a plethora of other emotions all intertwined with the writers own memoirs. Lucinda (I really felt I was able to be on first name terms with the author, as the writing was so engaging) paints a picture of South Africa that many would shy away from, or totally reject. All in all a mind opening and thought provoking book which tells of the struggles of the ordinary people of South Africa (both black and white), along with the author’s struggle to make a life for herself and her daughter in an ever changing country and male dominated industry.

5 stars      Liz Wiffen (Bexleyheath, United Kingdom)

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It was an interesting behind the scenes look at the work you obviously had a passion for and also a country you felt passionately about. Not to mention the people that clearly you bonded with and genuinely felt a connection with. A very engaging story of a obviously talented lady that was not afraid to try something new – what an interesting life!

5 stars       Alison Stokes (United Kingdom)

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‘This book went “behind the scenes” so to speak and tells the story of the authors life and work. I really enjoyed it and can highly recommend it.’

5 stars       Judith Benson (Spain)

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