Books & Reviews

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...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Nord and South

2014-04-20 FIRSTLY and most importantly, don’t let the word “encyclopedia” (sic) in the title deter you – or conversely, fool you – into picking up this graphic novel.   As stated in its back-page blurb: “This book is not a real encyclopedia (sic)!   “It...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

‘Love Life’ says Rob Lowe

2014-04-13 WHEN you look at actor Rob Lowe – especially on the cover of his new book, Love Life – you can’t help but think that guy has it all: looks, talent, a great marriage and family, and a successful career. But if you delve into his prose, you’ll likely...

Deadpool gets married and sets Guinness World Record

2014-04-13 REJOICE, all you fans of Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, for your favourite neighbourhood Merc With The Mouth is now a married man!   Wait, what? Deadpool the Regeneratin’ Degenerate is married? Yes, you better believe it, true believers – in the...

Mary Higgins Clark novel debuts on top US best-sellers list

2014-04-13 AUTHOR Mary Higgins Clark’s novel I’ve Got You Under My Skin, pushed James Patterson off of the top of the US best-sellers list on Thursday into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Patterson tops US best-sellers list with ‘NYPD Red 2’

2014-04-06   PROLIFIC author James Patterson was back on top of the US best-sellers list on Thursday with “NYPD Red 2”, nudging Harlan Coben’s “Missing You” into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

’Human skin’ book at Harvard actually bound in sheepskin

2014-04-06 A 17TH century book (pic) owned by Harvard Law School, thought to have been bound in human skin because of an inscription that referred to a man “flayed alive”, has been shown through scientific testing to have been bound in sheepskin. The binding...

Powerful message

2014-04-06   The opening statement in feminist and author Phyllis Chesler’s memoirs, An American Bride In Kabul, is arresting and blatantly blunt – “I once lived in a harem in Afghanistan”. As the title states, Chesler was an American bride in the Afghan...

Sunday, 30 March 2014

‘Gone with the Wind’ prequel to focus on Mammy

2014-03-30   DECADES after the publication of “Gone With the Wind”, Mammy is finally getting a back story. Simon & Schuster imprint Atria announced on Thursday that it will publish Donald McCaig’s “Ruth’s Journey” in October. A prequel to Margaret...

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...

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