Books & Reviews

Sunday, 8 July 2012

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

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...

'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,...

Sunday, 17 June 2012

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...

'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...

Sunday, 10 June 2012

'Sandstorm' gives voice to Libyan revolution

2012-06-10 AWARD-WINNING British journalist Lindsey Hilsum has reported from Afghanistan, Kosovo and the front lines of the Iraq war embedded with a US Marine unit, but Libya's revolution last year marked the first time she set foot in that country.Now she is...

'The Storm' soars to top of booklist

2012-06-10 CLIVE CUSSLER'S "The Storm" debuted at the top of Publishers Weekly's best-sellers list on Thursday.The list is compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.Hardcover...

Blind Chinese activist, now in US, seeks book deal

2012-06-10 CHINESE legal activist Chen Guangcheng (pictured) is planning to write a book about his life and his quest for human rights in his native country.Chen has three goals, spokesman Matt Dorf said Thursday: to spread his message for greater freedom in...

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Stephen King writing new crime novel 'Joyland'

2012-06-03 STEPHEN KING (pictured) will take on crime for a novel coming out next year.The author of "Carrie" and other horror classics has a deal with the publisher Hard Case Crime for "Joyland", a whodunit scheduled for June 2013. King...

'11th Hour' hits top spot in book list

2012-06-03 THE book "11th Hour" jumped to the top of Publishers Weekly best-sellers list on Thursday.The list is compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.Fiction1. "11th...

China fails to halt Tiananmen book's HK release

2012-06-03 A NEW book that offers a surprising reassessment of the Tiananmen Square crackdown through interviews with a disgraced former Beijing mayor went on sale Friday in Hong Kong despite efforts by Chinese authorities to stop the sale."Conversations With...

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Paul Fussell and The Great War

2012-05-27 THE US writer Paul Fussell's 1975 book The Great War and Modern Memory was, according to the British military historian John Keegan, revolutionary. Fussell, in what he called "an elegaic commentary', shaped a picture of the horrors of the first...

'Stolen Prey' tops US bestsellers list

2012-05-27 "Stolen Prey" jumped straight to the top of Publishers Weekly bestsellers list on Thursday. The list is compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors in the US.Hardcover Fiction1....

Story by Pulitzer prize-winner Egan serialised on Twitter

2012-05-27 A STORY by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan (pictured) for the New Yorker is being serialised in 10 instalments on Twitter, according to the magazine.The New Yorker said the first instalment of the story, a spy thriller called Black Box,...

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Are markets morally neutral?

2012-05-20 DEAD peasants insurance' is a term that sounds as if it comes straight out of Monty Python. If only that were true. Here's an example of what it means: In 1999, Michael Rice, a 48-year-old employee of the supermarket firm Walmart, collapsed while...

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