Books & Reviews

Sunday, 13 March 2011

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...

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...

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Brown at 10: 2 contrasting accounts

2011-03-06 BROWN watched Tony Blair use up the 10 good years, when, as Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge point out in Brown at 10 (350pp, Biteback, 20), the economy was booming, Labour was riding high in the polls, and the Conservatives were fatally divided. Brown...

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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