Sunday, 12 April 2015

M‘sian author Zen Cho makes waves abroad

2015-04-12 WHEN Malaysian writers make a name for themselves abroad, it is usually for meditative, literary novels, often set in a Malaysia of a different era. Back home, meanwhile, most Malaysians seem to favour politics-centred non-fiction. None of these...

‘The Girl on the Train’ marks 11 weeks at top of bestsellers list in US

2015-04-12 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train”, retained its hold on the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list for the eleventh consecutive week on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sales of books on Islam see sharp rise in France

2015-04-05 BOOKS on Islam are selling out in France after deadly extremist attacks in the capital raised uncomfortable questions about Europe’s fastest-growing religion. A special magazine supplement focused on Al-Quran has flown off the shelves, and shops...

‘Game of Thrones’ author unveils chapter from next book

2015-04-05 YES, George RR Martin really is working on that next book. The “Game of Thrones” author released a chapter on Thursday from his very long-awaited sixth volume of the “Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series, “The Winds of Winter”. The chapter appears...

‘The Girl on the Train’ holds tight to No 1 spot on bestsellers list

2015-04-05 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” kept its grip on the top spot on the US bestsellers list for the tenth straight week on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “The...

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Swedish poet Transtromer, a master of metaphor

2015-03-29   SWEDISH poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer (pic) has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said on Friday. The reclusive, mild-mannered wordsmith — considered a master of metaphor and one of the most important...

‘The Girl on the Train’ No 1 on bestsellers list for ninth week

2015-03-29   AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” kept the top spot No. 1 on the US bestsellers list for the ninth consecutive week on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “NYPD...

Japan launches ‘Otaku’ summit

2015-03-29 JAPAN opened what organisers are billing as the world’s first “Otaku” summit on Saturday, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime. So-called Otaku – usually...

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Rakuten buying eBook firm OverDrive for US$410m

2015-03-22   JAPANESE online retailer Rakuten Inc is buying US eBook company OverDrive Inc for about $410 million ($568.13 million), deepening its push into the US market and into what it calls the “sharing economy”. Rakuten’s announcement on Thursday of...

Xi’s ‘Chinese Dream’ book proves popular in Bulgaria

2015-03-22   ALMOST three months after being published, the Bulgarian version of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book “The Chinese Dream of the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation” has emerged as a popular best-seller in the Balkan country. The book was...

‘The Girl on the Train’ retains top spot on bestsellers list

2015-03-22 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train”, held on tight to the No 1 on the US bestsellers list for the eighth consecutive week on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “All...

Sunday, 15 March 2015

‘Written In Black’: second time’s a charm for KH Lim

2015-03-15 THE passing of Jonathan’s Ah Kong (grandfather) throws an air of chaos into the 10-year old’s life. A mother who abandons the family, a disowned older brother and a father who seems to be in a constant state of frustration are among those...

British Marina Warner named as winner of Holberg Prize

2015-03-15 BRITISH author, scholar and critic Marina Warner was named on Thursday as the winner of Norway’s annual Holberg Prize, sometimes known as the “Nobel prize” for arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. Warner, who was born in London...

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Communist Manifesto sales rise up as Penguin releases bargain classics

2015-03-08 MORE than 1,700 bargain copies of The Communist Manifesto have sold in the last week, in the form of an 80p edition of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ call to the working classes to revolt. The book is part of a collection of 80 works re-published...

More women dive into DIY publishing

2015-03-08 IF a woman writing fiction needs “money and a room of her own”, as Virginia Woolf suggested, writers at the beginning of the 21st century should perhaps insist the room comes with an internet connection, after a new study has found that the...

‘The Girl on the Train’ retains grip at top of bestsellers list

2015-03-08 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, “The Girl on the Train”, kept a steady hold on the No 1 spot on the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday for the sixth week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 1 March 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ top for fifth week

2015-03-01 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, held tight to the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the fifth consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Review: In the Beat of a Heart by John Whitfield

2015-03-01   THIS is a book that addresses fabulous and life-enhancing themes. It is written beautifully enough to take your breath away, even as its author writes about trying not to hyperventilate. A book through which ideas, energy and food for thought...

Rachel Joyce’s inspiring story set in a hospice

2015-03-01 BRITISH novelist Rachel Joyce’s new novel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy is a curiously inspiring story set in a hospice. The two main characters first appeared in Joyce’s bestselling novel The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, about a man who...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ retains top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-02-22 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, maintained its hold on the No 1 sport on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the fourth consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...