Books & Reviews

Sunday, 30 March 2014

China at forefront of children’s book market

2014-03-30 CHINA is at the forefront of the children’s book market for its “proactive way of approaching literature”, an expert has said. Ahmad Redza Khairuddin, president of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), made the remark s...

‘Missing You’ heads to top of bestsellers fiction list

2014-03-30 “MISSING You” by Harlan Coben debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing Danielle Steel’s “Power Play” into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide...

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Penguin Classics publishes Chinese spy thriller

2014-03-23   ESPIONAGE novel Decoded has become the first contemporary Chinese fiction ever published by Penguin Classics, marking its entry into the mainstream of global literature. The English edition of the work by Mai Jia debuted in 21 countries on...

‘Power Play’ debuts on top of US best-sellers fiction list

2014-03-23   DANIELLE Steel’s “Power Play” shot straight to the top of 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 Fiction...

Colum McCann publishes short story

2014-03-23   COLUM McCann, the prize-winning novelist, has rediscovered his fondness for short stories. Best known for Let the Great World Spin, McCann has just released the story Gone through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It’s his...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

A look at ‘Lawrence in Arabia’

2014-03-16 OVER the next four years of commemoration, as our opinions of the first world war alter subtly under the influence of new facts, one reputation seems unassailable. The nimble and humane approach that TE Lawrence took to war in the Middle East is a...

Words of Radiance tops U.S. best sellers fiction list

2014-03-16 Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson knocked the “The Chase” from the top of the US bestsellers list to fourth place on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide is used to...

Nigerian author Adichie wins fiction prize

2014-03-16 CHIMAMANDA Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah”, a novel about race and identity by the acclaimed Nigerian author, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. Adichie, whose other works include “Half of a Yellow Sun”, was chosen over “The...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

‘The Chase’ debuts atop US best-sellers list

2014-03-09 JANET Evanovich and Lee Goldberg’s The Chase landed atop the US bestsellers list on Thursday in its first week, as last week’s top seller, Concealed Death dropped to third. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

China to encourage more reading

2014-03-09   PREMIER Li Keqiang’s vow in a key address this week that “we will encourage the people to read” has excited literati over chances of strengthening the population’s appreciation for books. Amid a wave of popular opinion that new media is...

An incisive portrait

2014-03-09         WITH Scotland’s referendum on independence looming (September 18 this year), this is a timely study of a country whose unwieldy title – emblazoned on my passport – betrays its disunity.   The United Kingdom of Great Britain and...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

‘Concealed in Death’ tops US bestsellers list

2014-03-02 JD Robb’s “Concealed in Death” shot to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing “Private LA” into second place. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Science fiction, fantasy added to popular annual US series

2014-03-02 THE science fiction/fantasy genre has been admitted into a special club. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced on Friday that it has added science fiction and fantasy to its popular Best American series. It’s the longtime publisher of annual...

MI6 defended Kim Philby long after he was exposed

2014-03-02 A BOOK by Kim Philby's closest friend inside MI6, once banned by intelligence chiefs but due to be published this week, explains one of the most enduring mysteries surrounding the notorious Soviet spy – how, despite growing evidence of his...

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sink or swim

2014-02-23           ARE some people born to suffer more than others? And in a life defined by hardship, is it wrong to hope to be happy? In The Embassy Of Cambodia, Fatou is a domestic servant to the Derawals, a Pakistani family in the multicultural...

Murakami's new book due out in English on Aug 12

2014-02-23 THE English-language version of Haruki Murakami’s 2013 novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage (pic) is now set for international publication on August 12, precisely 16 months after its Japanese debut. The book follows Tsukuru...

Coming soon from JK Rowling

2014-02-23 JK ROWLING is reviving private detective Cormoran Strike and his plucky young assistant, Robin Ellacott for another mystery adventure, The Silkworm.   As with her previous Strike novel, the follow-up will be published under the Harry Potter...

‘Private LA’ debuts at the top US best-sellers list

2014-02-23 PRIVATE LA, the new novel by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, jumped to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, knocking Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Invention of Wings off the perch it had occupied for five weeks. The list is compiled...

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Exploding myths

2014-02-16   WHEN I was a child, I used to be terrified of escalators. “Watch your shoelaces”, my parents would warn me the minute I stepped close to one. “They might get caught in the mechanism, and pull you inside it.” Innocent as that warning was, my...

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