Books & Reviews

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Book on late leader Hu Yaobang’s works published

2015-11-22 A COLLECTION of speeches and works by Hu Yaobang, the late general-secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), has been published by the People’s Publishing House. The book, released to commemorate what would have...

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ back on top of US bestsellers list

2015-11-22 JOHN Grisham reclaimed the top spot on the US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday with his new thriller “Rogue Lawyer”. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United...

France turns to books not guns in face of Paris attacks

2015-11-22 WHILE other nations reach for their guns when they are attacked, France looked to its bookshelves Friday as another classic text is flying off the shelves as the country turns to literature for comfort. Ernest Hemingway’s love letter to Paris, “A...

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Digital publications surge in China

2015-11-15 DIGITAL publication revenues hit 338.8 billion yuan (about $75.7 billion) in 2014, surging more than 220 per cent from 2010, government data showed Saturday. The sector was the fastest growing in the publishing, printing and distribution industry...

Two Across: A romance in crosswords

2015-11-15 ONE of the things I most value about being a reviewer is the opportunity to read a wide variety of material that I wouldn’t normally come across. Left to myself, I fear I would re-tread paths already worn familiar and I suspect I am not alone in...

Stephen King’s ‘Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ tops US bestsellers list

2015-11-15 STEPHEN King’s new thriller “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” debuted at the top of the US fiction bestsellers chart for a second week on Friday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Sunday, 8 November 2015

From slum to bookshop, Rio de Janeiro’s Oliveira turns writer

2015-11-08 She started sniffing glue at age six to ease the hunger of life in a Brazilian slum. She got her first revolver when she was 11. Now 54, Raquel de Oliveira, once the first lady of the drug trade in the Rio de Janeiro favelas, has taken up the pen...

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ has 2nd week atop US bestsellers list

2015-11-08 THE latest thriller from John Grisham, “Rogue Lawyer”, topped the US fiction bestsellers chart for a second week on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central) 3. “...

How to deal with highs and lows of your life?

2015-11-08 SEEING your life from a fresh perspective could change the way you respond to the good and bad times. This short self-development book from the author of the best-selling motivational “Who moved my cheese?” attempts to guide you with that through a...

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Laura Bush, daughter Jenna co-writing children’s book

2015-11-01 FORMER first lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager are working on another children’s book. HarperCollins Publishers told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Bushes are collaborating with illustrator Jacqueline Rogers on “Our Great...

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ lands atop US bestsellers list

2015-11-01 THE latest thriller from author John Grisham,“Rogue Lawyer”, debuted at the top of the US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central) 3...

Lonely Planet founder reprises original trip

2015-11-01 TONY Wheeler famously started the Lonely Planet series of travel guides in 1973 after embarking from London in a minivan, driving through the “hippie backpacker trail” in Asia and finally arriving in Sydney, where he and his wife Maureen had 27...

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Harry Potter play to pick up where final book left off

2015-10-25 A NEW play that opens in London next summer will pick up the story of Harry Potter where the seventh and final volume of JK Rowling’s saga left off, with a plot involving a grown-up Harry and his youngest son, Albus. “Harry Potter and the Cursed...

Nicholas Sparks’ thriller romance ‘See Me’ tops US bestsellers

2015-10-25 THE suspenseful, thriller romance “See Me” from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks,’ notched the top spot on the US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday.   Hardcover Fiction   1. “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central) 2. “The Survivor...

Map annotated by Tolkien discovered

2015-10-25 A RECENTLY discovered map of Middle-earth annotated by JRR Tolkien reveals The Lord of the Rings author’s observation that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as Oxford, and implies that the Italian city of Ravenna could be the inspiration behind the...

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Frankfurt fair reaches out to refugees with books

2015-10-18 FOOD and shelter may be a priority for the record numbers of often desperate refugees arriving in Germany but they also need “intellectual nutrition”, say experts at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Underlining the crucial part education plays in migrants...

Vince Flynn’s ‘The Survivor’ tops US list

2015-10-18 “THE Survivor”, author Vince Flynn’s latest thriller novel featuring CIA agent Mitch Rapp, edged out “Game of Thrones” author George R R Martin’s latest tale from Westeros for the top spot on the US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday. Data...

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Stephen King wraps up crime fiction series

2015-10-11 THE end is near for Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, his foray into crime fiction. King’s “End of Watch” will be published next June, Scribner announced Thursday. The novel is the third, after “Mr Mercedes” and “Finders Keepers”, to feature...

China rich girlfriend: How the rich and pretentious live

2015-10-11 I WILL be the first to admit it: Fashion has never been my forte. Honestly, English doesn’t even apply to fashion. Those French brands are evil tongue twisters, and I swear to God they were designed to make sure mere mortals like me wouldn’t even...

Patterson, Ellis’ ‘The Murder House’ tops US bestsellers list

2015-10-11 “THE Murder House”, James Patterson and David Ellis' novel of a luxury Hamptons home with a dark past, topped the weekly US fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

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