MY VERY FIRST BOOK REVIEW (online) …definitely one to remember!


MY FIRST BOOK REVIEW (online) of ‘THE END OF THE LINE’ (my first published book)

Definitely one to frame and keep for posterity…then hand to my grandchildren!

Review by: am on Aug. 12, 2011 :
“I bought three books about the apartheid era from Smashwords. One was great, one was amazing and professional quality. This one was terrible. Unreadable pap, written by someone with no capacity for critical thought.

The author has evidently been under a rock since 1993. His memoir/novel/whatever ends in 1993, with his liberal utopia being realized, and he has no idea what happened afterwards. It’s been EIGHTEEN YEARS. Did you read the newspaper ONCE since then? Where is your utopia now? Why haven’t you moved back to South Africa to enjoy its fruits?

He also can’t write and can’t edit his writing. He writes like a third grader with a learning impediment. The first chapter or so might look half decent but after that it gets unreadable. Absolutely do not buy this under any circumstances.”

“name witheld” (but what a “doos“*, who has absolutely nil understanding of the country, nor of my journey and personal circumstances!)


Perhaps After that review I should have given up writing… but then I’m a very persistent “bugger”…and anyway what other job would be suitable for me!

“a not so sensitive little soul/arty-farty writer type”

 * If you want to know what that “funny” word means just go to google south africa


”Man invented language in order to satisfy his need to complain.”
– Canadian linguist Steven Pinker

“One man’s (or woman’s) poison is another man’s meat”

That’s a metaphor, by the way

Thank goodness we  all have different tastes…whether a vegetarian or not!

Craig’s first novel on South Africa The End Of The Line (Volume 1) [Paperback] is available at

The End of the Line (South Africa) [Kindle Edition] is available at:

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


Hardly surprising then, craig. If you write so badly, then no wonder you get reviews like that!


After that “review”, fortunately (or perhaps “unfortunately” for you dear readers, I didn’t slinker off and crawl into a rabbit hole in the ground never to be heard of again, nor to write another word…but still ended up, a “chicken-runner” on the other side of the world here  in the Antipodes…embarrassed, humiliated and totally shattered!

Only joking

“It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

The various books that Craig ‘felt inspired to write’ (including ‘THE END OF THE LINE) are available at: and

Don’t worry about the world ending today…

it’s already tomorrow in “little scenic and tranquil” New Zealand




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