Books & Reviews

Sunday, 2 March 2014

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...

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sink or swim

2014-02-23           ARE some people born to suffer more than others? And in a life defined by hardship, is it wrong to hope to be happy? In The Embassy Of Cambodia, Fatou is a domestic servant to the Derawals, a Pakistani family in the multicultural...

Murakami's new book due out in English on Aug 12

2014-02-23 THE English-language version of Haruki Murakami’s 2013 novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage (pic) is now set for international publication on August 12, precisely 16 months after its Japanese debut. The book follows Tsukuru...

Coming soon from JK Rowling

2014-02-23 JK ROWLING is reviving private detective Cormoran Strike and his plucky young assistant, Robin Ellacott for another mystery adventure, The Silkworm.   As with her previous Strike novel, the follow-up will be published under the Harry Potter...

‘Private LA’ debuts at the top US best-sellers list

2014-02-23 PRIVATE LA, the new novel by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, jumped to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, knocking Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Invention of Wings off the perch it had occupied for five weeks. The list is compiled...

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Exploding myths

2014-02-16   WHEN I was a child, I used to be terrified of escalators. “Watch your shoelaces”, my parents would warn me the minute I stepped close to one. “They might get caught in the mechanism, and pull you inside it.” Innocent as that warning was, my...

‘The Invention of Wings’ keeps top spot on US best-sellers list

2014-02-16 FOR the fifth consecutive week Sue Monk Kidd’s novel “The Invention of Wings” topped the US fiction best-sellers on Thursday. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

DreamWorks: From animation to print

2014-02-16 KUNG Fu Panda, Shrek, BOO: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations and Madagascar are to be the first publications from DreamWorks Animation’s new imprint, DreamWorks Press.   Digital, print and book apps are on the slate for DreamWorks Animation’s new...

The versatile sarong takes centre-stage

2014-02-16 IT WAS sarongs galore as guests came dressed in the colourful pieces of garments for the launch of Dr Lee Su Kim’s latest book, Sarong Secrets: Of Love, Loss and Longing. Keeping with the dress code, “Come in sarongs or something Malaysian-...

Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Bolt express

2014-02-09 THESE are the chronicles of Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who has become a global superstar in the track and field arena. The reigning 100m, 200m and 4x100m world record holder with six Olympic gold medals to his name, writes the story of his...

‘The Invention of Wings’ retains perch atop US best-sellers list

2014-02-09 SUE Monk Kidd’s newest novel, “The Invention of Wings”, kept a firm grip on the top of the US fiction best-sellers on Thursday for a fourth consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers...

Children's classic 'The Giving Tree' to become e-book

2014-02-09 CELEBRATING the book’s 50th anniversary, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree will be released as an e-book for the first time ever on February 18.   The year 1964 saw four of Silverstein’s works released to the public – A Giraffe And A Half, Who...

Murakami ‘regrets’ book portrayal of Japan town

2014-02-09 BEST-SELLING novelist Haruki Murakami expressed regret Friday over his portrayal of a small Japanese town in a new story, after a passage suggesting residents habitually throw cigarettes from car windows left locals fuming. The remote town of...

Sunday, 2 February 2014

JJ Abrams’ mystery wrapped in romance

2014-02-02 THE first clue came in the form of an evocative trailer posted on YouTube late last year. In a lyrical black and white clip, a mysterious figure stumbled along a shadowy coastline, water lapping the sand at his feet. A voice read elliptical prose...

’The Invention of Wings’ retains top spot on US best-sellers list

2014-02-02 SUE Monk Kidd’s newest novel, “The Invention of Wings”, topped the list of US fiction best-sellers on Thursday for a third straight week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Roald Dahl’s dark ‘Dirty Beasts’ set to music for children

2014-02-02 ROALD Dahl’s Dirty Beasts poems have a musical cadence which may explain why, after the success of stage versions of Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, three of them are being set to music to introduce young people to the orchestra....

Sunday, 26 January 2014

‘The Invention of Wings’ holds on to top spot on US best-sellers list

2014-01-26 SUE Monk Kidd’s newest novel, The Invention of Wings, retained the No 1 spot on the US fiction best-sellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers...

Print's numbers up

2014-01-26 A PEW Research Centre study released last Thursday showed that US readers reach for ink-and-paper books despite the rising popularity of tablets and digital works. While the portion of people who read e-books grew in the past year, most adults in...

Hanif Kureishi's archive secured by British Library

2014-01-26 OVER 50 personal diaries and notebooks, drafts, and other material related to Hanif Kureishi’s work from 1970 up to 2014’s The Last Word are now in the British Library’s possession.   The British author-screenwriter built his literary career on...

Birth of a literary supernova

2014-01-26 I WAS somewhat underwhelmed by the winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award, Francesca Segal’s The Innocents. That novel seemed a bit too chick lit and lightweight to win such a lofty award. So I approached the latest Costa First Novel winner –...

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