Books & Reviews

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Eric Hill, creator of Spot the Dog, dies at 86

2014-06-15   ERIC Hill (pictured), whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children’s books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

‘Skin Game’ debuts at top of US best-sellers list

2014-06-08 SKIN Game, the 15th book in the Dresden Files series about a wizard who works as a private investigator, shot straight to the top of the U.S. best-sellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

A cautionary tale

2014-06-08 THE story this academic tome tells is a crucially important one, one that could have consequences for life on earth. FORGIVE the double-pun, but “global warming” has been a hot topic for the last couple of decades, and one that has thrown up a lot...

Kangaroo brains on menu as first Aussie cookbook goes on show

2014-06-08 IF YOU have ever wanted to prepare a meal of kangaroo brains fried in emu fat with a side dish of roasted wombat, there’s a cookbook in Australia just for you.   The English And Australian Cookery Book (pictured) – hailed as the country’s first...

Sunday, 1 June 2014

UK education revamp leaves US authors on the shelf

2014-06-01 BRITAIN’S education minister says he has not killed a mockingbird, but many literature-lovers don’t believe him. Michael Gove has outraged some readers and academics with his campaign to put the basics — and Britishness — back into schools....

Hillary Clinton makes brief appearance at BookExpo

2014-06-01 HILLARY Rodham Clinton (pictured) made a brief, private appearance Friday at publishing’s annual national convention, BookExpo America, and offered booksellers a few details about her upcoming memoir, “Hard Choices”. Clinton’s publisher, Simon...

‘Unlucky 13’ still at top spot of bestsellers list

2014-06-01 JAMES Patterson’s thriller “Unlucky 13” retained the No 1 spot on 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...

Sunday, 25 May 2014

James Patterson’s ‘Unlucky 13’ holds top spot on best-sellers list

2014-05-25 JAMES Patterson’s thriller “Unlucky 13” retained the No 1 spot on the US best-sellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide is used to...

Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette

2014-05-25 IF YOU’RE hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you’ll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com. An ongoing standoff between Amazon and one of the leading New York publishers has...

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...

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