Books & Reviews

Sunday, 2 February 2014

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...

Canada’s closure of science libraries riles researchers, students

2014-01-12 CANADA’S closure of science libraries containing a vast repository of environmental data dating back more than a century has researchers worried that valuable books and reference materials are being lost in the name of cost-cutting. Unique in its...

Sunday, 5 January 2014

After ‘Game of Thrones’,which book should be the next TV hit?

2014-01-05 IT’S almost commonplace to suggest that the HBO box set is now television’s answer to the novel – witness the wily self-publishers who have started publishing ebooks as a “box set”. The television series matches the blockbuster novel point for...

‘Sycamore Row’ retains No 1 spot on bestseller list

2014-01-05 JOHN Grisham’s “Sycamore Row” held on to the top spot of the best-sellers list on Thursday, besting James Patterson’s “Cross My Heart” in sales during the fourth week of December. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain...

Sunday, 29 December 2013

‘Cartographer of No Man’s Land’ on World War One’s place in fiction

2013-12-29 WRITER PS Duffy wove her affection for Nova Scotia’s maritime culture, a career in science and a background in history into a debut novel depicting the trauma of World War One on the psyche and society. The book, “The Cartographer of No Man’s Land...

Family disputes claims in Norman Rockwell book

2013-12-29 THE family of the late Norman Rockwell is taking exception to a new biography of the American illustrator, saying it contains numerous inaccuracies and poses a “phantom theory” about the artist. “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman...

‘Sycamore Row’ holds top spot on US bestsellers list

2013-12-29 JOHN Grisham’s “Sycamore Row” held onto the top spot of the best-sellers list on Thursday, besting Mitch Albom’s “The First Phone Call from Heaven” in sales the week before Christmas. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain...

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Kindles shape Ghana’s reading revolution

2013-12-15 IN MANY ways, Suhum primary school is a typical Ghanaian school. As the sun rises over the lush green hills of Ghana’s eastern region, dozens of children wearing yellow and brown uniforms line up in the dusty school yard, their voices becoming a...

'Command Authority' tops best-sellers list

2013-12-15 TOM Clancy's newest novel "Command Authority" jumped to the top of the best-sellers list on Thursday, knocking James Patterson's "Cross My Heart" into second place. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Sunday, 8 December 2013

British paper The Sun tempts 100,000 over online paywall

2013-12-08 THE digital version of The Sun, Britain’s most popular tabloid newspaper, attracted more than 100,000 subscribers in the four months since it started charging for online content, publisher News UK said on Friday. Newspaper groups are looking to...

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