Books & Reviews

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Book of Liu Xiaobo poetry to be published in English

2010-12-19 MINNEAPOLIS-BASED independent publisher Graywolf Press has bought world rights to a first English-language collection of poetry by Chinese poet and newly anointed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.The poetry collection, entitled June Fourth Elegies,...

Japanese author leads Asian literary prize list

2010-12-19 THE longlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize was announced Monday, with Japanese author Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, heading an Indian-dominated field. Six titles by Indian authors were named on the 10-strong list...

Altering the very concept of a 'book'

2010-12-19 ONE of the glories of our print culture is the Economist, a magazine that combines eccentric, neoliberal editorial views with excellent, well-informed reporting. I have been a subscriber to it for more years than I care to remember and every weekend...

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

A blind cat's tale: striking a chord in tough times

2010-12-15 HOMER started out with a lot against him. Abandoned as a tiny kitten, a virulent infection meant he had to have both eyes removed to save his life.His fortunes changed when he was taken home by Gwen Cooper, an avid cat lover who was instantly...

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Audubon's Birds of America world's most expensive book

2010-12-12 A COPY of John James Audubon's Birds of America became the most expensive book ever sold when it went under the hammer at Sotheby's for £7.3m ($14.6m) on Tuesday, December 7. The auction was a rare chance to own one of the best preserved...

Taming first crisis of globalisation

2010-12-12 THE phrase "horses for courses" is as valid for politics as for other activities. It's as impossible to think of Gordon Brown at the recent Fifa meeting in Zurich pleading England's cause for the World Cup as it is to imagine his...

Insider to publish WikiLeaks memoir

2010-12-12 WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange, this week denied bail over sexual assault allegations, with Amazon banning his site from its servers and finances squeezed from all sides, now faces yet another blow as a disaffected former colleague prepares to...

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Story of the first, last lingua franca

2010-12-05 NICHOLAS Ostler, however, quotes it to make the point that no language's triumph is permanent and unassailable. Like empires (and often with them), languages rise and fall, and English, Ostler contends, will be no exception. English is the first...

Google to move into the ebook market

2010-12-05 GOOGLE is moving into the ebook market from the end of this year with Google Editions, which will let people buy electronic books that they can read in any device with a web browser. The delayed launch, which had been expected by the end of the...

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Fear in Zimbabwe under Mugabe

2010-11-28 INSOFAR as it is a memoir of degeneration, mirrored in the fate of his family's Zimbabwean farm, and witnessed in the company of his sister, it is a book that is deeply personal. It is capable, however, of irony, as when Godwin and his sister do...

Booksellers find different ways to go green

2010-11-28 EVEN before the eat local/shop local movement hit its stride, booksellers around the country were looking for ways to green their businesses from recycling to energy-efficient electricity, and, in a few cases, transforming their entire buildings to...

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Reading Obama's letter to children

2010-11-21 WHEN I was asked to review this book, I must admit to a slight feeling of dread. I'm a great admirer of Barack Obama, both for what he has achieved and what he's trying to achieve. But part of me was thinking: Oh, no, not another "...

No more Harry Potter, Rowling 'promises' Daniel Radcliffe

2010-11-21 WILL she or won't she? Author JK Rowling appears to have ruled out writing another Harry Potter novel just weeks after sparking feverish speculation that another book could be on the way in an interview with US television chat show host Oprah...

French deal may breakdeadlock between Google and publishers

2010-11-21 A NEW agreement between Hachette Livre and Google could offer a way forward in the ongoing dispute between authors, publishers and the search engine over the digitising of out-of-print books. Under the new deal, Google will be able to scan Hachette...

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Why modern books are all too long

2010-11-14 ONE of the most remarkable things about Amanda Foreman's magnificent study of British involvement in the American civil war is both its length it comes in a few folios shy of 1,000 pages and also, almost as telling, that virtually no one has...

Kindle 3: The best e-reader in market

2010-11-14 THE Kindle 3 is the best e-reading device currently available; arguably, the iPad blows any single-purpose device out of the water, but that's a topic for another article, and if you prefer and E-Ink screen to the iPad's LCD, the Kindle 3 is far and...

Bush's memoir in 'crime' slot

2010-11-14 INSPIRED by a British campaign which saw Tony Blair's autobiography, A Journey, appearing under crime, horror and even fantasy in UK bookshops, the protest blog Waging Non-violence is urging its supporters to "Move Bush's Book Where It Belongs...

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Amexica: war along the borderline

2010-11-07 NEVER one to hide his own views, Vulliamy last year delivered a fierce attack on attitudes to the war in Bosnia aimed at Amnesty International (founded as the result of a long piece also in the Observer by Peter Benenson in 1961) and at Noam Chomsky...

Is e-book the new hardback?

2010-11-07 I'VE been resolutely old school until now when it comes to reading I'd rather carry around a forest of dead trees than spend any more of my time squinting at a screen but there's a gathering trend that is giving me second thoughts. As e-readers...

B&N sees strong growth in consumer books, led by digital

2010-11-07 IN AN investor conference Tuesday morning, Barnes & Noble executives painted an upbeat forecast for both the consumer book market in general and B&N in particular. The company forecast that the consumer book market will grow from US$23...

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