Books & Reviews

Sunday, 6 July 2014

War hero Louis Zamperini, inspiration for ‘Unbroken’, dead at 97

2014-07-06     LOUIS Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film “Unbroken”, has died at age 97. Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said on...

King, Tartt among those backing anti-Amazon letter

2014-07-06 STEPHEN King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group. The letter, initiated by Hachette...

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Easier than ever to publish a book in S’pore

2014-06-29 IT HAS become easier than ever to publish your own book in Singapore. What, then, is the value of sending in a manuscript to an established imprint, hoping it will make it out of the unread slush pile? On June 14, violinist and former national...

‘Top Secret Twenty-One’ debuts #1 on bestsellers list

2014-06-29 JANET Evanovich’s “Top Secret Twenty-One”, the latest book in her series about a female bounty hunter, debuted at the top of the bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Do syllables even exist?

2014-06-29 HOW many syllables are in your name? You probably already know off the top of your head, but count them anyway. I have six. Most of us do the same thing when we’re counting. Putting more weight than usual on each beat, we number them off on our...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Book describes ‘farcical’ aftermath of Mandela’s death

2014-06-22 NELSON Mandela’s widow was forced to get accreditation to attend his memorial service and could only bring four family members as his clan squabbled after his death, the South African icon’s former private assistant says. Graca Machel (pic), who...

Mohsin Hamid’s ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ shortlisted for International Literary Award

2014-06-22 PAKISTANI writer Mohsin Hamid’s latest novel, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia”, has been shortlisted for Germany’s International Literature Award. “I’m thrilled for ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ to be shortlisted," Hamid told Dawn...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Stephen King’s ‘Mr Mercedes’ tops US bestsellers list

2014-06-15 STEPHEN King's latest novel, Mr Mercedes, debuted at the top of the bestsellers list on Thursday, knocking Jim Butcher’s Skin Game, down to sixth place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

E-books trend on the rise

2014-06-15 E-BOOK sales are set to surpass traditional print tomes in Britain by 2018, a new study has revealed.   According to a Pricewaterhou-seCoopers (PwC) report, the next four years will see consumer e-book sales almost triple in value to become worth...

Bite-sized science

2014-06-15 SO, WHAT keeps you up at night? Aside from caffeine, babies, work, books or electronic gadgets, of course. What do you worry about? Most people tend to worry about things that directly affect them; things like health, career, family, finances, etc...

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...

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