Books & Reviews

Sunday, 16 February 2014

‘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 –...

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Norway books go online for free

2014-01-19 MOST books published in Norway before 2001 are going online for free thanks to an initiative that may have found the formula to reconcile authors with the web. The National Library of Norway is digitising tens of thousands of titles, from...

Lex Luthor, ‘Justice League’ hero?

2014-01-19 LEX Luthor is sporting a new title on his business card: Hero. And, the way things are going in the wake of the Crime Syndicate’s mayhem on earth, the erstwhile corporate titan and super hero-wary skeptic may find himself leading the Justice League...

Saved from war, Bosnian books find new home

2014-01-19 WHEN Bosnia’s National Library went up in flames in 1992 in a bombardment during the Bosnian Serb siege of Sarajevo, Mustafa Jahic knew he had to act to save his own institution’s priceless collection. As curator of the almost 500-year-old Gazi...

’The Invention of Wings’ debuts on top of best-sellers list in the US

2014-01-19 SUE Monk Kidd’s newest novel, “The Invention of Wings”, knocked John Grisham’s “Sycamore Row” off the top of the US fiction best-sellers list on Thursday. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Sunday, 12 January 2014

‘Sycamore Row’ holds on to top spot on USbestsellers list

2014-01-12 JOHN Grisham’s “Sycamore Row“ secured the number one position of the best-sellers list on Thursday for the fourth consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

French Senate wants ban on free book delivery

2014-01-12 IF the French Senate gets its way, retail giant Amazon and its online peers won’t be able to offer free book deliveries in France anymore. In an unusual show of unity Thursday, the upper house of parliament unanimously approved a bill that would...

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