Books & Reviews

Sunday, 17 November 2013

‘Sycamore Row’ keeps top spot in US bestsellers list

2013-11-17 JOHN Grisham’s novel “Sycamore Row” topped the US best-sellers list on Thursday for the third consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide....

New Bartlett’s compiles 20th century quotations

2013-11-17 FOR the debut Bartlett’s anthology of black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the artistic. “When you think about black history, you think about touch points like slavery, colonialism, apartheid,”...

Cornwell writes new 21st Scarpetta mystery

2013-11-17 PATRICIA Cornwell never runs out of ideas for her intrepid forensic investigator, Kay Scarpetta. “Cybercrime is now a really big deal, and so Scarpetta is inevitably going to get involved in crimes that have to do with the Internet, or the high...

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Indonesian author writes of life’s journey to UNISSA

2013-11-10 DARE to dream! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing and knows what His servants need. If people believe in Allah and work with righteousness, He will open the door for sustenance.” That is the core message of this novel “Siluet Cinta di Unissa” (“...

Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ is Amazon’s book of the year

2013-11-10 AUTHOR Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” a novel about a 14-year-old boy surviving in Manhattan after the death of his mother, topped Amazon.com Inc’s list of 100 best books of 2013. The list, released on Thursday, is compiled by editors at the online...

‘Sycamore Row’ retains top of best-sellers list

2013-11-10 JOHN Grisham’s novel, “Sycamore Row,” held the top spot on the US best-sellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

‘Doctor Sleep’ keeps top spot on US bestsellers fiction list

2013-10-13 STEPHEN King’s latest novel, “Doctor Sleep”, retained the No 1 spot on the US best-sellersfiction list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chainbookstores, book wholesalers and...

Travel book transports readers to best places to ski, snowboard

2013-10-13 SCHUSSING down all the trailson the mountains described in the new book Fifty Places to Ski & Snowboard Before You Die would require living longer than anormal lifetime. The book aims to chro nicle the quintessential downhill experience, from...

The deafening issue

2013-10-13 IF LIFE is a concoction of paradoxes, then nowhere can we see this better than in the life of a soldier. The title of this book itself is a harbinger of paradoxes to come.In The Things They Cannot Say, Kevin Sites – an award-winning journalist who...

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Barley's unique perspective of Singapore during Occupation

2012-08-12 BETWEEN February 1942 and September 1945, when Singapore was engulfed in blood and violence as it suffered one of the cruellest occupations of the Second World War as the conquered Japanese territory of Syonanto. Local civilians were subject to...

Chinese rare books go under the hammer

2012-08-12 IT is not easy to gain access to 84-year-old Gu Duhuang. The great-great-grandson of the Guoyun Lou book collection's initiator Gu Wenbin (1811-89) leads a carefree life and only allocates two mornings every week for meetings.The recent sale at...

'Gone Girl' tops US bestseller fiction list

2012-08-12 "GONE Girl" climbed back to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday after slipping to third place last week.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Guardians of Nanjing Library's old books

2012-08-05 TO Nanjing Library's veteran ancient book restorer, Yang Laijing, mending ancient books is like doing a jigsaw puzzle."It's a time consuming job," says Yang, who has been doing the job for 40 years."I treat it like playing a game....

'Friends Forever' tops US bestseller list

2012-08-05 "FRIENDS FOREVER" jumped to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.Hardcover Fiction (Last...

Chinese 'Three Body' sci-fi saga to have English edition

2012-08-05 THE Three Body trilogy, one of the most popular Chinese-language science fiction novels, will be published in English soon, a publishing company said on Friday. The three-part saga, written by award-winning writer Liu Cixin, has sold 400,000 Chinese...

Sunday, 29 July 2012

'The Fallen Angel' jumps to top of US bestseller list

2012-07-29 "THE Fallen Angel" soared straight to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.Hardcover...

Enter the world of dragons

2012-07-29 THOSE of you who got through the more than 2,000 pages that comprise Christopher Paolini's (pictured) Inheritance Cycle would have come to the end of Brisingr, the third instalment, only to realise that the trilogy isn't a trilogy as originally...

Booker judges favour new writers in longlist

2012-07-29 MAN Booker prize judges said they had focused on "novels not novelists" and "texts not reputations" to come up with this year's longlist overlooking some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction, including Zadie Smith, Ian...

Sunday, 22 July 2012

'Shadow of Night' tops US book list

2012-07-22 THE NOVEL "Shadow of Night," the newest book by Deborah Harkness, shot to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Fiction e-books outsold hardcovers in 2011

2012-07-22 ELECTRONIC books more than doubled in popularity in 2011, with e-books outselling hardcover books in adult fiction for the first time, according to a survey released on Friday.Net sales of e-books jumped to 15 per cent of the market in 2011 from six...

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