Books & Reviews

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Enter the world of dragons

2012-07-29 THOSE of you who got through the more than 2,000 pages that comprise Christopher Paolini's (pictured) Inheritance Cycle would have come to the end of Brisingr, the third instalment, only to realise that the trilogy isn't a trilogy as originally...

'The Fallen Angel' jumps to top of US bestseller list

2012-07-29 "THE Fallen Angel" soared straight to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.Hardcover...

Booker judges favour new writers in longlist

2012-07-29 MAN Booker prize judges said they had focused on "novels not novelists" and "texts not reputations" to come up with this year's longlist overlooking some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction, including Zadie Smith, Ian...

Sunday, 22 July 2012

'Shadow of Night' tops US book list

2012-07-22 THE NOVEL "Shadow of Night," the newest book by Deborah Harkness, shot to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

London's Olympic summer has a Shakespearean flavour

2012-07-22 AS the world comes to Britain for the Olympics, Britain is celebrating arguably its greatest gift to the world the plays of William Shakespeare.Anyone who doubts that accolade for the playwright dead almost 400 years might want to go to the new...

Fiction e-books outsold hardcovers in 2011

2012-07-22 ELECTRONIC books more than doubled in popularity in 2011, with e-books outselling hardcover books in adult fiction for the first time, according to a survey released on Friday.Net sales of e-books jumped to 15 per cent of the market in 2011 from six...

Sunday, 15 July 2012

'Gone Girl' holds on to top spot on bestsellers list

2012-07-15 THE book "Gone Girl" retained the top spot on Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Fairstein delivers the goods with 'Night Watch'

2012-07-15 LINDA FAIRSTEIN, author of thrillers including "Silent Mercy" and "Hell Gate", rips a headline from the front page and delivers another compelling story with her latest book, "Night Watch".Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra...

Wonderland of books

2012-07-15 ONCE upon a time, a nine-year-old girl and her father set out to read together for 100 nights in a row. And when they reached that milestone, they decided to keep going. Their endeavour to spend a small part of each day reading was called "The...

Sunday, 8 July 2012

'Gone Girl' jumps to top of bestsellers list

2012-07-08 THE book "Gone Girl" shot to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday, bumping "Wicked Business" out of the number one spot.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

We Bought A Zoo: Tale of dreams, determination

2012-07-08 IT'S not surprising that the film of "We Bought A Zoo", starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, has been such a success. The presence of these two big stars is indicative of the strength of the story that the book carries.A young couple with two...

Sunday, 1 July 2012

'Wicked Business' tops bestseller list

2012-07-01 THE novel "WICKED BUSINESS" soared to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.Hardcover...

McCleen wins Desmond Elliott Prize

2012-07-01 AUTHOR Grace McCleen won the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction published in Britain on Thursday for "The Land of Decoration", although she has already announced that her budding career as a writer is almost over.The book, published...

UK novelist Hilary Mantel numbers Cromwell's days

2012-07-01 LOOKING out to sea, British author Hilary Mantel is plotting her next move. After chronicling the rise of Thomas Cromwell in her last two novels, now it is time to put him to death.At her house on England's south coast, Mantel has the bones of a...

Sunday, 24 June 2012

'Calico Joe' climbs to top of bestsellers list

2012-06-24 JOHN GRISHAM'S latest book, "Calico Joe", climbed to the top of Publishers Weekly bestsellers list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide...

Edinburgh book fest spreads wings around the world

2012-06-24 THE Edinburgh International Book Festival spreads its wings around the world this year with a debate among 50 noted international authors on how writing and the imagination are an essential component of society.Details of this year's book festival,...

Who lived here?How to write a book on your house's history

2012-06-24 THE construction of Julian Sellers' bungalow in St Paul, Minnesota, was started in 1926 and finished in early 1927. The builder was a Swedish immigrant. The family who first lived there included a married couple, their 6-year-old daughter and the...

Sunday, 17 June 2012

'Kiss The Dead' debuts at top of bestsellers list

2012-06-17 AMERICAN fantasy writer Laurell K Hamilton's new book, "Kiss The Dead" debuted on the top of Publishers Weekly bestsellers list on Thursday.The list is compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Syria poet tells personal cost of opposing Assads

2012-06-17 SYRIAN poet Faraj Bayrakdar's (pic) daughter was just three when he was arrested in 1987 for his political activism. By the time he was released in a presidential amnesty she was at university.As the international community continued to wrestle with...

Greenberg helps you travel the world 'Like a Local'

2012-06-17 PETER GREENBERG (pic) wants you to travel like a local, not a tourist, and he's written a new series of guidebooks to help.The "Like a Local" series is debuting with books on New Orleans, the Caribbean, Miami and the Keys, Buenos Aires and...

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