Books & Reviews

Sunday, 3 April 2011

'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,...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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