Books & Reviews

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Radiating hope for the future

2014-05-25 ISHMAEL Beah’s 2007 memoirs, A Long Way Gone, was a brave, brutal, haunting and horrific glimpse into the life of child soldiers in Sierra Leone. Prior to the decade-long civil war that began in 1992, Beah’s life was simple: he hung out with his...

Sunday, 18 May 2014

James Patterson’s ‘Unlucky 13’ tops US best-sellers list

2014-05-18 JAMES Patterson’s thriller “Unlucky 13” climbed to the top of the US best-sellers list on Thursday, pushing David Baldacci’s “The Target” into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

British Library puts literary treasures online

2014-05-18 HUNDREDS of the British Library’s most valuable literary resources, from the Bronte sisters’ earliest writings and drawings to an early draft of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, have been posted online. The library’s new website,...

All that glitters...

2014-05-18 GOLD. That shiny, soft, alluring metal. Over the last 6,000 years of history, it has been responsible for slavery, war, peace, extinction, and mayhem. It has been a symbol of kingship and a sacred emblem for dieties. It has brought down entire...

Sunday, 11 May 2014

David Baldacci retains top spot on US best-sellers list for second week

2014-05-11   AUTHOR David Baldacci’s thriller “The Target” spent a second week atop the US best-sellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide is used to compile the list.  ...

Revisiting American West

2014-05-11 STANDING among the towering shelves in his bookstore in the small Texas town where he grew up, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry says he has a need to be among books. “I’m very attached to the books. I need them. I need to be among them...

Mahathir shares Msia’s success in defeating communists

2014-05-11 THE willingness of Malaysians to take up arms and fight against communist terrorists in Malaysia, and the government’s campaign to win the hearts and minds of the people, are the two reasons why the country was able to defeat the insurgents....

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Busier than thou syndrome

2014-05-04 WHEN I was a student in the 1980s, the future seemed so peachy. The conventional wisdom was that my generation would be the first not to work more than 40 hours a week. Indeed, we’d be only doing half of that – if we were unlucky. In the 21st...

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Big pharma business

2014-04-27 WHEN HIV/AIDS first came to public attention in the 1980s, several thousand people were diagnosed as infected with this “cancer”. It was perceived as a medical mystery and it was a disease that carried a social stigma. People were hesitant to...

Jo Nesbø on his new book ‘The Son’

2014-04-27 JO NESBØ, the bestselling Norwegian crime author famed for his Detective Harry Hole series, has released his 19th book titled The Son, whose premise of a man who discovers his father was a Nazi was drawn from his own life.   Together with...

Nora Roberts lands at No1 spot on US best-sellers list

2014-04-27 AUTHOR Nora Roberts’ novel The Collector, claimed the top spot on the US best-sellers list on Thursday in its opening week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide is used to compile the...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Nord and South

2014-04-20 FIRSTLY and most importantly, don’t let the word “encyclopedia” (sic) in the title deter you – or conversely, fool you – into picking up this graphic novel.   As stated in its back-page blurb: “This book is not a real encyclopedia (sic)!   “It...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

‘Love Life’ says Rob Lowe

2014-04-13 WHEN you look at actor Rob Lowe – especially on the cover of his new book, Love Life – you can’t help but think that guy has it all: looks, talent, a great marriage and family, and a successful career. But if you delve into his prose, you’ll likely...

Deadpool gets married and sets Guinness World Record

2014-04-13 REJOICE, all you fans of Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, for your favourite neighbourhood Merc With The Mouth is now a married man!   Wait, what? Deadpool the Regeneratin’ Degenerate is married? Yes, you better believe it, true believers – in the...

Mary Higgins Clark novel debuts on top US best-sellers list

2014-04-13 AUTHOR Mary Higgins Clark’s novel I’ve Got You Under My Skin, pushed James Patterson off of the top of the US best-sellers list on Thursday into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

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...

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