Books & Reviews

Sunday, 6 March 2011

C'wealth writers' prize names regional winners

2011-03-06 THE finalists for the Commonwealth writers' prize may span the globe, but with a pair of Booker-nominated authors and a Miles Franklin winner in contention for this year's £10,000 award, many of the regional winners who now go on to be...

Sunday, 27 February 2011

The world of Chinese bureaucracy

2011-02-27 MONEY. Power. Even sex, albeit offstage. Wang Xiaofang's novels capture it all in the dog-eat-dog world of Chinese bureaucracy. Personal ambition, political intrigue and detailed renderings of the country's land management system fuse in the...

A practical guide to ethical living for teens and children

2011-02-27 FULL description: You can save the Planet is a fully-illustrated and fact-packed guide for children and teenagers, leading readers minute by minute through the environmental baddies hidden in an average day. From dressing and eating to using email...

Sunday, 20 February 2011

People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman

2011-02-20 IN CLASSIC tales of real-life murder Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Gordon Burn's Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son the narrator isn't a detached observer but a man possessed. Where the...

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Examining political violence

2011-02-13 IN A WORLD where one set of killings merits a medal from the president and another death by firing squad, anthropology is a useful leveller. Through its field glasses we can see exactly what a US commando in Afghanistan and an Indonesian bomb-...

'The Lord of the Rings' reworking a hit with fans

2011-02-13 A RUSSIAN reworking of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has been made available as a free download after being translated into English as a labour of love by a fellow Tolkien fan. But Society of Authors general secretary Mark Le Fanu warned that...

One of the richest, strangest book prizes announces shortlist

2011-02-13 ONE of Britain's richest, and certainly strangest, books prizes has announced its shortlist, pitting Nobel laureate Derek Walcott's poems against a study of South African censorship, a work of speculative anthropology and another blending science...

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Male writers dominate books world

2011-02-06 THE gender imbalance at the heart of the British and American literary establishment has been laid bare by a new study confirming that leading literary magazines focus their review coverage on books written by men, and commission more men than women...

Youth 'protecting library from looters'

2011-02-06 THE director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has announced that his building, built in commemoration of the famous ancient library destroyed in antiquity, is being kept safe by Egypt's young people during the current unrest sweeping the country. In a...

The story of Kampong Ayer hero

2011-02-06 AFTER the success of his previous novels G.P. (2001) and S.i.r.! (2007), Bruneian novelist JaBiT Abdul Aziz, a pseudonym for Haji Abdul Aziz Tuah, now comes up with another interesting work, Sa.b.a.! Both of G.P. and S.i.r.! were teenlit (novels...

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Account of the holy city's history

2011-01-30 MONTEFIORE takes the history of the old city from its beginnings as a fortified village through every conquest or occupation Canaanite, Israelite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Macedonian, Seleucid, Roman, Byzantine, Ummayad, Abassid, Fatimid,...

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Promise of the Bambook

2011-01-23 EVEN as the date of entry of Amazon's e-book reader Kindle in the Chinese market remains hazy, the newly launched Bambook, the newest Chinese e-reader, marketed by Shanghai-based Shanda Literature Ltd, is making rapid strides. Its producer claims to...

The men who stole the world

2011-01-23 PREPARE to be just a little disappointed as well as outraged, however; for, in another sense, Nicholas Shaxson has provided a slightly damp squib. He's lit his bonfire of the vanities and poured liquid anger on the blaze. Yet, as the flames roar...

Collected John Lennon letters to be published

2011-01-23 JOHN Lennon was a man of many words verbose in interviews, prolific in prose and a dedicated letter-writer. Now, for the first time, fans will be able to read his personal missives in a collected volume of his letters after a high-stakes bidding...

Sunday, 16 January 2011

French publisher's boon for Google library

2011-01-16 GOOGLE said on Wednesday that it had reached a deal with the publisher Hachette Livre, which has broken ranks with its French rivals and agreed to allow Google to scan thousands of out-of-print books for its digital library project. Under the...

The Catcher in the Rye 'sequel' to be published

2011-01-16 IF YOU really want to hear about it the chances are you will soon be able to, unless you live in north America. A sequel to JD Salinger's novel of teenage angst, The Catcher in the Rye, written by an obscure Swedish publisher, is to be issued in...

Unveiling the future of humanity

2011-01-16 A DIFFERENT note comes from those who take the future very seriously indeed. They don't believe in jetpacks either. They see multiple disasters ahead, in a world beset by climate change, resource wars and new epidemics, and the collapse of...

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Libraries seen as easy touch when it comes to balancing the books

2011-01-09 AN ARM slung defensively across his chest, shoulders sagging, Councillor James Powney gave a presentation entitled "Transforming Brent's Libraries".Explaining why the northwest London council was closing six out of 12 was the unenviable...

My hero: Irom Chanu Sharmila

2011-01-09 SEEING her frail figure, looking much older than her 38 years, one wonders "Why is she doing this?" This is a lost battle, because the state is stronger than she is. She could be India's Aung San Suu Kyi but because India is a "...

Sunday, 26 December 2010

The best of the fiction year

2010-12-26 While Jonathan Franzen's family epic Freedom (Fourth Estate) will be the novel under most Christmas trees, and David Nicholls's bittersweet romance One Day (Hodder) the paperback to stuff into stockings, our critics found plenty of other...

Pages


Feel free to comment on this article using your Facebook account. By submitting your comment, you agree to the Terms and Conditions for the use of this comments feature, as stated here.