Books & Reviews

Sunday, 5 January 2014

After ‘Game of Thrones’,which book should be the next TV hit?

2014-01-05 IT’S almost commonplace to suggest that the HBO box set is now television’s answer to the novel – witness the wily self-publishers who have started publishing ebooks as a “box set”. The television series matches the blockbuster novel point for...

‘Sycamore Row’ retains No 1 spot on bestseller list

2014-01-05 JOHN Grisham’s “Sycamore Row” held on to the top spot of the best-sellers list on Thursday, besting James Patterson’s “Cross My Heart” in sales during the fourth week of December. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain...

Sunday, 29 December 2013

‘Cartographer of No Man’s Land’ on World War One’s place in fiction

2013-12-29 WRITER PS Duffy wove her affection for Nova Scotia’s maritime culture, a career in science and a background in history into a debut novel depicting the trauma of World War One on the psyche and society. The book, “The Cartographer of No Man’s Land...

Family disputes claims in Norman Rockwell book

2013-12-29 THE family of the late Norman Rockwell is taking exception to a new biography of the American illustrator, saying it contains numerous inaccuracies and poses a “phantom theory” about the artist. “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman...

‘Sycamore Row’ holds top spot on US bestsellers list

2013-12-29 JOHN Grisham’s “Sycamore Row” held onto the top spot of the best-sellers list on Thursday, besting Mitch Albom’s “The First Phone Call from Heaven” in sales the week before Christmas. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain...

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Kindles shape Ghana’s reading revolution

2013-12-15 IN MANY ways, Suhum primary school is a typical Ghanaian school. As the sun rises over the lush green hills of Ghana’s eastern region, dozens of children wearing yellow and brown uniforms line up in the dusty school yard, their voices becoming a...

'Command Authority' tops best-sellers list

2013-12-15 TOM Clancy's newest novel "Command Authority" jumped to the top of the best-sellers list on Thursday, knocking James Patterson's "Cross My Heart" into second place. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Sunday, 8 December 2013

British paper The Sun tempts 100,000 over online paywall

2013-12-08 THE digital version of The Sun, Britain’s most popular tabloid newspaper, attracted more than 100,000 subscribers in the four months since it started charging for online content, publisher News UK said on Friday. Newspaper groups are looking to...

Funny side of fitting in

2013-12-08 IT CAN be argued that Almost English is author Charlotte Mendelson’s take on isolation, coming of age, being a foreigner not only in a foreign land but in your own home as well, and the issues immigrants face.   Set in the 1980s, the protagonist...

Two books on China inspired Mandela

2013-12-08 IN HIS autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela said: “I made my way through the available literature on armed warfare and in particular guerrilla warfare. I wanted to know what circumstances were appropriate for a guerrilla war; how one...

‘Cross My Heart’ debuts at top of US best-sellers list

2013-12-08 JAMES Patterson’s newest novel, “Cross My Heart”, soared straight to the top of the US best-sellers list on Thursday. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide....

Sunday, 17 November 2013

‘Sycamore Row’ keeps top spot in US bestsellers list

2013-11-17 JOHN Grisham’s novel “Sycamore Row” topped the US best-sellers list on Thursday for the third consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide....

New Bartlett’s compiles 20th century quotations

2013-11-17 FOR the debut Bartlett’s anthology of black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the artistic. “When you think about black history, you think about touch points like slavery, colonialism, apartheid,”...

Cornwell writes new 21st Scarpetta mystery

2013-11-17 PATRICIA Cornwell never runs out of ideas for her intrepid forensic investigator, Kay Scarpetta. “Cybercrime is now a really big deal, and so Scarpetta is inevitably going to get involved in crimes that have to do with the Internet, or the high...

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Indonesian author writes of life’s journey to UNISSA

2013-11-10 DARE to dream! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing and knows what His servants need. If people believe in Allah and work with righteousness, He will open the door for sustenance.” That is the core message of this novel “Siluet Cinta di Unissa” (“...

Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ is Amazon’s book of the year

2013-11-10 AUTHOR Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” a novel about a 14-year-old boy surviving in Manhattan after the death of his mother, topped Amazon.com Inc’s list of 100 best books of 2013. The list, released on Thursday, is compiled by editors at the online...

‘Sycamore Row’ retains top of best-sellers list

2013-11-10 JOHN Grisham’s novel, “Sycamore Row,” held the top spot on the US best-sellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

‘Doctor Sleep’ keeps top spot on US bestsellers fiction list

2013-10-13 STEPHEN King’s latest novel, “Doctor Sleep”, retained the No 1 spot on the US best-sellersfiction list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chainbookstores, book wholesalers and...

Travel book transports readers to best places to ski, snowboard

2013-10-13 SCHUSSING down all the trailson the mountains described in the new book Fifty Places to Ski & Snowboard Before You Die would require living longer than anormal lifetime. The book aims to chro nicle the quintessential downhill experience, from...

The deafening issue

2013-10-13 IF LIFE is a concoction of paradoxes, then nowhere can we see this better than in the life of a soldier. The title of this book itself is a harbinger of paradoxes to come.In The Things They Cannot Say, Kevin Sites – an award-winning journalist who...

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