Books & Reviews

Sunday, 19 June 2011

JK Rowling's Pottermore site sparks rumours of a new novel

2011-06-19 HARRY Potter fans have been sent into a frenzy of excitement after the creator of their favourite wizard, JK Rowling, launched a mysterious new website.The website, Pottermore.com, currently only shows the word "Pottermore" on a pink background,...

Sex selection - rise of Generation XY

2011-06-19 IN 1979 China signed a US$50m four-year deal with a UN body designed to help it control its spiralling population through family planning. It was the largest foreign aid package Beijing had accepted in almost 20 years.But the funds became entwined...

Sunday, 5 June 2011

James Daunt: 'I don't recognisethat books are dead'

2011-06-05 JAMES Daunt is not an open book. He is a shy, confident, personable, highly literate ex-investment banker in his late 40s who, next month, will become the new managing director of Waterstone's and, arguably, one of the most important people on the...

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Digging deep into Golding's life

2011-05-15 IN A long-forgotten review of a long-forgotten book, Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell, the much-racked William Golding wrote: "We walk among the layers of disintegrating coral, along the straggling line of 'brown sea-wrack, dizzy with...

20 unpublished stories of Anthony Burgess found

2011-05-15 br />AT LEAST 20 unpublished stories by Anthony Burgess, the author of A Clockwork Orange, have been discovered by researchers sorting through his papers at a research centre in Manchester, the city in which he was born.The short stories,...

Sunday, 1 May 2011

On caring for our ageing parents

2011-05-01 ON THE day after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, after helping cover that story for The New York Times, an exhausted Jane Gross was finally able to drop by the nursing home a few miles (kilometres) north of ground zero where her mother had just moved to...

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Mortenson's dizzying fall from grace

2011-04-24 THE troubled world of book publishing has become almost wearily accustomed to receiving yet more bad news of a critically acclaimed memoir that turns out to have been partly or entirely fabricated.The works of James Frey, J T LeRoy (aka Laura Albert...

Kindle readers can now borrow ebooks from libraries

2011-04-24 SCRIBBLING in the margins of library books will soon be permitted, after Amazon.com announced recently that it would allow Kindle users to borrow ebooks from more than 11,000 American libraries.The deal follows similar agreements from the Kindle's...

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Looking into maths of life

2011-04-17 DID you hear about the farmer who hired some mathematicians to help him increase his milk yield? Their report began: "Consider a spherical cow . . . "This is a famous old joke about the disconnect between mathematics, the language of clear...

An author revisits his initial work

2011-04-17 IT'S BECOME a matter of honour for most reviewers in this country (and many readers) to remind me as often as possible that What a Carve Up! is my best novel. No middle-aged novelist who is still trying to make a living from writing likes to be...

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Inner beauty is what really matters

2011-04-03 YOU'LL be swept away by Fairest; it is pure magic!The story is very realistic and is hard to put down.When you read this book you will feel like you are no longer in London, you have travelled to the land of Ayortha.The main character is Aza, she is...

Corporations eyeing up the Internet

2011-04-03 AT THE heart of this fascinating book is one of the central questions of our age rendered more urgent by recent events in the Arab world. The question is this: is the Internet a revolutionary innovation, something that will overthrow the...

'There wasn't a boring chapter'

2011-04-03 BEING a massive Robert Muchamore fan I was really excited to see this book in the shops in February. I bought it straight away and wasn't disappointed. The book was really fast-paced and there wasn't a boring chapter or a part where I thought,...

Sunday, 27 March 2011

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

2011-03-27 THE Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 was roundly denounced by western governments caught completely unaware during their Christmas break. The US and UK responded first with overblown rhetoric, then by helping to fund and arm...

Why I vetoed ebook: Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

2011-03-27 THE bestselling children's author Julia Donaldson, whose signature rhyming picture books dominate top 10 lists, has revealed that she vetoed an ebook version of her most famous title, The Gruffalo, because she thinks interactive book apps for...

Sunday, 20 March 2011

WikiLeaks and Gifted Lives: Synopsis

2011-03-20 WikiLeaks:IT WAS the biggest leak in history. WikiLeaks infuriated the world's greatest superpower, embarrassed the British royal family and helped cause a revolution in Africa. The man behind it was Julian Assange, one of the strangest figures...

The Age of Miracles

2011-03-20 The earthquake novel that has shaken the publishing world.AN EERILY prescient novel in which a giant earthquake knocks the earth from its axis has netted a £500,000 ($1,050,000) deal reminiscent of the heady days before the economy took a nosedive...

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Wealth, death & Cornish pasties

2011-03-13 Bankers deal in other people's money; sometimes, treat it as their own.THE rich may be different from us, but in one respect at least they're the same; even Sir Harry Trevelyan-Tubal can't take it with him when he goes. Not the private bank, Tubal...

Very exciting, humorous, realistic

2011-03-13 I HAVE found that the Skulduggery Pleasant series gets better as it goes along.So thois being the newest Skulduggery Pleasant book it is, in my opinion, the best one yet it is very exciting, humorous and realistic. Skulduggery is (as you may have...

Just an extremely funny 'war' story

2011-03-13 I'VE always enjoyed Michael Morpurgo books; they have everything a good book needs. Good writing, excellent plot and an ability to make you forget about everything else till you has finished. So as I was skimming the shelves, looking for a Saturday...

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