Books & Reviews

Sunday, 22 January 2012

iBooks 2 will 'reinvent textbooks'

2012-01-22 APPLE has unveiled a glimpse of the classroom of the future, launching a new version of its iBooks software that will allow publishers to create interactive textbooks for iPad-owning students.The new textbooks offer a host of functions which experts...

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Comedian Bill Cosby muses on life in latest book

2012-01-15 MEDIA icon Bill Cosby at 74 still looms larger than life over the American psyche. Emerging from a Philadelphia housing project, ultimately success followed success as a comedian, actor, producer, author, educator, musician and activist.Breaking US...

New Chinese writing: One for ages

2012-01-15 THIS is a collector's item. And not just because of its obvious historical importance. The first edition of Pathlight: New Chinese Writing magazine is a metaphor of the cooperation between Chinese and Western agencies in this case, the influential...

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Mind the elephants' feet

2012-01-08 THE rapid rise in Chinese power in East Asia is causing a re-examination of traditional attitudes and policies in the region. Thant Myint-U examines with an historian's eye the relations among India and China and the land in-between.That the...

The other side of Michelle Obama

2012-01-08 FIRST lady Michelle Obama is a behind-the-scenes force in the White House whose opinions on policy and politics drew her into conflict with presidential advisers and who bristled at some of the demands and constraints of life as the president's wife...

Sunday, 25 December 2011

In her grandfather's footsteps

2011-12-25 CHINESE-AMERICAN writer Yan Geling has written about various women with dramatic stories. Now, she has switched her subject matter to a man for Inmate Lu Yanshi. In her latest novel, Yan narrates the ups and downs of protagonist Lu Yanshi's life...

Soldier echoes Arabian Nights with Iraq novel

2011-12-25 ON Benjamin Buchholz's second day in Iraq as a US army officer, a young Iraqi girl was struck and killed by a military convoy while trying to catch a bottle of water thrown to children by the roadside as a gift.!The tragedy and its aftermath...

Sunday, 18 December 2011

New chapter in Asia's English writing

2011-12-18 ONE of the reasons why the otherwise peripatetic Xu Xi (pic) has been living mostly in Hong Kong for the last two years is her commitment to facilitating the rise of new writing from Asia.She helped design Asia's first low-residency master's in fine...

Philby hailed as 'great spy' in Russia

2011-12-18 NOTORIOUS British double agent Kim Philby may be regarded as a traitor in his home country but 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union he remains a hero in Russia for divulging Western secrets.A Russian publisher has unveiled a major new...

Fantasy writer Hoban dies

2011-12-18 RUSSELL Hoban (pic), the prolific fantasy and children's author perhaps best known for Riddley Walker, a post-apocalyptic novel that relied on a language he created, has died, his publisher said on Thursday. He was 86. The former illustrator,...

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Business as usual needs change

2011-12-11 RICHARD Branson swashbuckling billionaire entrepreneur, sportsman and activist is accustomed to speaking his mind. Ask the employees and customers of his Virgin group of more than 400 companies around the world.From records to airlines, mobile...

Gish Jen: Torchbearer of the great American novel

2011-12-11 IT'S A bit of a surprise meeting Gish Jen. One doesn't quite expect the writer to be so diminutive, almost bird-like in her demeanour, flighty, emotional and cheerful laughing and crying almost in the same breath as she talks. A little gravitas...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Kerouac's 'lost' debut novel is published after 70 years

2011-11-27 THE American beat generation author Jack Kerouac is said to have spent just eight days on active service in the US merchant marines on board the SS Dorchester in 1942; but his short stay furnished him with notes for his first novel and, after nearly...

My name has become a brand

2011-11-27 IN THE mid-1980s John Grisham, then a small-town lawyer and disillusioned member of the Mississippi state legislature, would fill the time between meetings and court hearings writing a novel about an ambitious young lawyer embroiled in a life-or-...

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Walesa's wife unveils price of Solidarity glory

2011-11-20 LECH Walesa's wife says she paid a huge price for her husband's struggle against communism. In an autobiography coming out next week, Danuta Walesa talks publicly for the first time about her loneliness and fear for the family's unity as her...

George Orwell's 'Burmese Days' opens Off-Broadway

2011-11-20 TROPICAL weather can have a desultory effect on some people, though it doesn't slow down the native conniver at the heart of George Orwell's novel Burmese Days. The personal and political intrigue between the natives of Burma (now known as Myanmar...

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A riveting bio of Catherine the Great

2011-11-13 CATHERINE the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Random House), by Robert K. Massie: Pulitzer Prize laureate Massie has written a biography of Russia's great Empress Catherine that is well, great. Massie, awarded the Pulitzer for Peter the Great, knows...

A foodie in the family? There's a book for that

2011-11-13 EVERYBODY knows at least one a pretentious foodie who insists on froo-froo ingredients, laborious techniques and over-the-top dishes. Well, this year they're out of luck. Because 2011 was a year when cookbooks even those by high-end and...

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Clinton has advice, some criticism, for President Obama in new book

2011-11-06 FORMER President Bill Clinton says in a new book that last summer's political fight over raising the US debt ceiling made the nation look "weak and confused" overseas and he doesn't know why President Barack Obama didn't seek a...

Amazon introduces lending library for Kindles

2011-11-06 AMAZON.com Inc said on Thursday that it is starting a lending library for Kindle owners, letting them borrow one electronic book per month. Borrowers have to subscribe to Amazon's Prime service, which provides free two-day shipping and streaming...

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