Books & Reviews

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Patterson tops US best-sellers list with ‘NYPD Red 2’

2014-04-06   PROLIFIC author James Patterson was back on top of the US best-sellers list on Thursday with “NYPD Red 2”, nudging Harlan Coben’s “Missing You” into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

’Human skin’ book at Harvard actually bound in sheepskin

2014-04-06 A 17TH century book (pic) owned by Harvard Law School, thought to have been bound in human skin because of an inscription that referred to a man “flayed alive”, has been shown through scientific testing to have been bound in sheepskin. The binding...

Powerful message

2014-04-06   The opening statement in feminist and author Phyllis Chesler’s memoirs, An American Bride In Kabul, is arresting and blatantly blunt – “I once lived in a harem in Afghanistan”. As the title states, Chesler was an American bride in the Afghan...

Sunday, 30 March 2014

‘Gone with the Wind’ prequel to focus on Mammy

2014-03-30   DECADES after the publication of “Gone With the Wind”, Mammy is finally getting a back story. Simon & Schuster imprint Atria announced on Thursday that it will publish Donald McCaig’s “Ruth’s Journey” in October. A prequel to Margaret...

China at forefront of children’s book market

2014-03-30 CHINA is at the forefront of the children’s book market for its “proactive way of approaching literature”, an expert has said. Ahmad Redza Khairuddin, president of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), made the remark s...

‘Missing You’ heads to top of bestsellers fiction list

2014-03-30 “MISSING You” by Harlan Coben debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing Danielle Steel’s “Power Play” into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide...

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Penguin Classics publishes Chinese spy thriller

2014-03-23   ESPIONAGE novel Decoded has become the first contemporary Chinese fiction ever published by Penguin Classics, marking its entry into the mainstream of global literature. The English edition of the work by Mai Jia debuted in 21 countries on...

‘Power Play’ debuts on top of US best-sellers fiction list

2014-03-23   DANIELLE Steel’s “Power Play” shot straight to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide is used to compile the list. Hardcover Fiction...

Colum McCann publishes short story

2014-03-23   COLUM McCann, the prize-winning novelist, has rediscovered his fondness for short stories. Best known for Let the Great World Spin, McCann has just released the story Gone through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It’s his...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

A look at ‘Lawrence in Arabia’

2014-03-16 OVER the next four years of commemoration, as our opinions of the first world war alter subtly under the influence of new facts, one reputation seems unassailable. The nimble and humane approach that TE Lawrence took to war in the Middle East is a...

Words of Radiance tops U.S. best sellers fiction list

2014-03-16 Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson knocked the “The Chase” from the top of the US bestsellers list to fourth place on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide is used to...

Nigerian author Adichie wins fiction prize

2014-03-16 CHIMAMANDA Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah”, a novel about race and identity by the acclaimed Nigerian author, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. Adichie, whose other works include “Half of a Yellow Sun”, was chosen over “The...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

‘The Chase’ debuts atop US best-sellers list

2014-03-09 JANET Evanovich and Lee Goldberg’s The Chase landed atop the US bestsellers list on Thursday in its first week, as last week’s top seller, Concealed Death dropped to third. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

China to encourage more reading

2014-03-09   PREMIER Li Keqiang’s vow in a key address this week that “we will encourage the people to read” has excited literati over chances of strengthening the population’s appreciation for books. Amid a wave of popular opinion that new media is...

An incisive portrait

2014-03-09         WITH Scotland’s referendum on independence looming (September 18 this year), this is a timely study of a country whose unwieldy title – emblazoned on my passport – betrays its disunity.   The United Kingdom of Great Britain and...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

‘Concealed in Death’ tops US bestsellers list

2014-03-02 JD Robb’s “Concealed in Death” shot to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing “Private LA” into second place. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Science fiction, fantasy added to popular annual US series

2014-03-02 THE science fiction/fantasy genre has been admitted into a special club. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced on Friday that it has added science fiction and fantasy to its popular Best American series. It’s the longtime publisher of annual...

MI6 defended Kim Philby long after he was exposed

2014-03-02 A BOOK by Kim Philby's closest friend inside MI6, once banned by intelligence chiefs but due to be published this week, explains one of the most enduring mysteries surrounding the notorious Soviet spy – how, despite growing evidence of his...

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