Books & Reviews

Sunday, 27 December 2015

New ‘Michelin guide’ for the homeless hits Rome’s streets

2015-12-27 IT’S A guidebook with nothing about the eternal city’s ancient monuments or famed restaurants and it can’t be found in any bookstore. Its target audience is those who can’t buy even a used paperback— the homeless. The 250-page pocket book, called...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

A year of unexpected hits for paper editions

2015-12-20 FROM adult colouring books to a new novel by Harper Lee, it was a year for unexpected hits and hits that sold well in paper editions. As e-book sales remain stalled at some 25 per cent of the market, hardcovers and paperbacks held steady at a time...

Rare Hans Christian Andersen illustration up for auction

2015-12-20 A“VERY RARE” watercolour illustrating Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about the nightingale that sings for the Emperor of China is being sold at auction. By the acclaimed Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen, the image was painted in 1923 to...

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ returns to top of US best-seller list

2015-12-20 JOHN Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” reclaimed the top spot on the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

James Patterson again tops US best-seller list with ‘Cross Justice’

2015-12-13 JAMES Patterson’s new thriller “Cross Justice” topped the weekly US fiction best-seller chart for a second week on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Obama’s favourite book of 2015 is also No 1 with fellow Americans

2015-12-13 “FAMOUS bibliophile” Barack Obama has chosen Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff’s story of a marriage told from both sides, as his favourite book of 2015. The US president, who last month picked up Jonathan Franzen’s Purity and Salman Rushdie’s Two...

Vermont farmers hit gold in book publishing

2015-12-13 THIS is the story of how an injured lamb named Sweet Pea started a war. Well, a bidding war. About a year ago, John and Jennifer Churchman’s border collie, Laddie, found that one of their lambs had hurt a leg in the barn on the Vermont farm where...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Oprah writing memoir, starting imprint

2015-12-06 OPRAH Winfrey is starting her own book imprint, kicking it off with an inspirational memoir. Flatiron Books announced Thursday that Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” is scheduled for January 2017 and will show how “anyone can put their life on a new...

Patterson tops US best-seller list with ‘Cross Justice’

2015-12-06 JAMES Patterson’s new thriller “Cross Justice” topped the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is used...

Every 16-year-old in Sweden to receive copy of feminist book

2015-12-06 LESS than a month after it was revealed that the UK is planning to drop feminism from the politics A-level, every 16-year-old in Sweden is being given a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to arms, “We Should All Be Feminists”. The essay,...

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Baldacci’s ‘The Guilty’ tops US bestseller list

2015-11-29 AUTHOR David Baldacci’s latest thriller, “The Guilty”, topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Wednesday.   Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Guilty” by David Baldacci (Grand Central) 2. “Tricky Twenty-Two” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam) 3. “...

Alice still shapeshifting 150 years after Wonderland

2015-11-29 A CENTURY and a half after first being published, the surreal classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” still fascinates readers and inspires artists with its eerie and iconic fantasy world. An exhibition in the British Library traces how the...

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. “...

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