Books & Reviews
Sunday, 17 May 2015
FRENCH economist Thomas Piketty, best-selling author on inequality, will teach at the London School of Economics as a professor at its new international inequalities division, the university said.Piketty, 44, will work on research with postgraduate...
THE “14th Deadly Sin,” the latest installment in James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s Women’s Murder Club books, debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...
Sunday, 10 May 2015
JOHN Sandford’s new thriller, “Gathering Prey”, debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing David Baldacci’s “Memory Man” into second place.
1. “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford (Putnam)
2. “Memory Man”...
ON MAY 7, 1915 the Cunard liner Lusitania, the fastest ship of its day, steaming from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine 12 miles off the coast of southern Ireland, not far from Cobh. It sank in 18 minutes: 1,198 passengers...
A SIGNED first edition of “100 Years of Solitude” by Nobel-Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was recovered Friday, a week after it was stolen at a Colombia book festival, officials said.
The novel by the Colombian writer, who died last...
Sunday, 3 May 2015
DAVID Baldacci’s new book, “Memory Man”, bumped Nora Roberts’ “The Liar” from the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday.
Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States...
NOVELIST Ann Packer’s latest novel, “The Children’s Crusade”, is a mo- dern family epic, as big and tangled as the California live oak at the center of its characters’ lives.
The story spans generations, as siblings with old wounds wrestle with...
STEPHEN King isn’t only a master of horror. He’s also a man of mystery. King and Gillian Flynn were among the winners at the 69th annual Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. King’s crime story “Mr Mercedes” received the best...
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Tania James’s “The Tusk that Did the Damage”, puts the spotlight on elephant poaching in southern India and the lives lost to the lure of ivory.
This novel, the author’s second, has three narrators: One is Gravedigger, a rogue elephant who...
NORA Roberts’ “The Liar” knocked “The Girl on the Train” from the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday, which it had held for a dozen weeks.
Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...
AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD who asked, “What if a girl wanted a pirate book?” has won a victory for equality, after children’s publisher Scholastic stopped labelling books as “for girls” or “for boys”.
Els, from Bounds Green school in London, decided to get...
Sunday, 19 April 2015
“THE Girl on the Train”, a thriller by author Paula Hawkins, kept its perch on Thursday at the top of the US bestsellers list, a spot it has held for a dozen weeks.
Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...
FROM hundreds of public readings in Mexico to an exhibit in Bogota displaying the typewriter off which flew the pages of “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez honoured the Nobel laureate Friday on the one-year anniversary...
KRISTIN Hannah says her new novel, “The Nightingale”, is her favourite book she’s written.
That’s a bold statement since she’s had a number of best-sellers, including “Firefly Lane”, “Home Front”, and “True Colors”.
“That always gets me in...
Sunday, 12 April 2015
WHEN Malaysian writers make a name for themselves abroad, it is usually for meditative, literary novels, often set in a Malaysia of a different era.
Back home, meanwhile, most Malaysians seem to favour politics-centred non-fiction. None of these...
AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train”, retained its hold on the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list for the eleventh consecutive week on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...
Sunday, 5 April 2015
BOOKS on Islam are selling out in France after deadly extremist attacks in the capital raised uncomfortable questions about Europe’s fastest-growing religion.
A special magazine supplement focused on Al-Quran has flown off the shelves, and shops...
YES, George RR Martin really is working on that next book. The “Game of Thrones” author released a chapter on Thursday from his very long-awaited sixth volume of the “Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series, “The Winds of Winter”. The chapter appears...
AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” kept its grip on the top spot on the US bestsellers list for the tenth straight week on Thursday.
1. “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)
Sunday, 29 March 2015
SWEDISH poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer (pic) has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said on Friday.
The reclusive, mild-mannered wordsmith — considered a master of metaphor and one of the most important...