Books & Reviews

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...

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...

My hero: Carlos Fuentes

2012-05-20 I DISCOVERED Carlos Fuentes during my adolescence, through his Death of Artemio Cruz, which we studied in our Spanish Literature classes in Buenos Aires. Unlike many of the ponderous novels forced on us in school, this vivid depiction of an...

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The US slide from pre-eminence

2012-05-13 ACCORDING to the US industrialist and world-class bigot Henry Ford, "History is bunk". Edward Luce, who cites Ford's assertion, tells the reader that Oliver Wendell Holmes was closer to the mark when he said: "An ounce of history is...

Faas, photojournalism's legend

2012-05-13 AS chief of photo operations for The Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962, Horst Faas (pictured) didn't just cover the fighting — he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers. The...

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Tehran book fair draws huge crowds

2012-05-06 THE idea of an international book festival in Tehran might sound incongruous. Leaders of the Islamic republic are no great book enthusiasts. Numerous writers are banned and as one of the world's most-censoring countries, Iran has a relatively low...

A forceful, if flawed, study of Orwell's home town

2012-05-06 THERE are only so many good ideas in the world, one supposes. This might explain why revisiting and retracing is such a popular artistic and literary endeavour high, low and middlebrow. It might be Dara O'Briain and Griff Rhys Jones and Rory...

Ways of vetting works

2012-05-06 IRAN'S ministry of culture and Islamic guidance vets all books before publication. Three censors read each book to make sure it conforms to Islamic values. Censorship might apply to only a word, a sentence, a paragraph or sometimes a text as long as...

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A Scot's take on Suzhou

2012-04-22 CHINA was never on the radar of Scottish management consultant David Ferguson until he married a Chinese lady and decided to move to China to look for a change. He had reached a bottleneck in business in 2006.Six years later, writer and editor...

The rocket man's ascent

2012-04-22 CHIRATHEP Senivongs Na Ayudhya is well known in financial circles as a high-flying official at the Bank of Thailand. He was a senior director in charge of corporate communications by age 44.In his autobiography Villa @ Wongwian Lek, Chirathep doesn...

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