A site showcasing treasures you might have missed!
Welcome to ​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Minerva Reader, a literary bookclub of sorts, a bookclub of one, created with the intention of paying homage to wonderful books, treasures that readers might have missed. 

I’m looking to features hard-to-classify, between-the-genre works. I’m looking for books that strike a chord in your heart and leave vivid, haunting images that will forever dance like the secret shadows on a back-alley wall.

This week, the featured book is Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar, Black Opal Press.
So, why do I call this site The Minerva Reader? Because back in 1995, in Johannesburg, South Africa, I saw an advert for a publishing house in London, UK. They called themselves Minerva and were incredibly good at passing themselves off as the traditional publisher which was also called Minerva, only the latter was legit and they published beautiful, unusual literary works. 

The shysters I contacted operated a smooth scam and I was taken for a ride. Later reports say “They went bust (in 2002) because they were a scam. They were sued by more than 40 of their authors, and were the subject of two exposés on the BBC.” And that’s good to know!

Now, many years later, I am about to publish my seventh book with my dearly beloved publisher, Inanna Publications – so yes, after a wobbly start, the goddesses have indeed been kind to me!

The Minerva Reader is my way of paying homage to the goddess Inanna who has been so good to me and I’d also like to set right my relationship with Minerva, as I’ve been cloaked with shame for many years by that awful experience.

I have kept a single, taped-up copy of the book and I don’t mind the front cover image which is shown below. I keep it as a memento of past experiences that, while disappointing, were nevertheless the brave efforts of a determined spirit.

*Inanna is the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, sensuality, fertility, procreation, and also of war. She was also seen as the bright star of the morning and evening, Venus. Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, commerce, handicrafts, poetry, the arts in general, and later, war.     

Please note: due to my commitment to various projects, The Minerva Reader will be published at unspecified times. Thank you for your patience with this!