Books & Reviews

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Chinese rare books go under the hammer

2012-08-12 IT is not easy to gain access to 84-year-old Gu Duhuang. The great-great-grandson of the Guoyun Lou book collection's initiator Gu Wenbin (1811-89) leads a carefree life and only allocates two mornings every week for meetings.The recent sale at...

Sunday, 5 August 2012

'Friends Forever' tops US bestseller list

2012-08-05 "FRIENDS FOREVER" jumped 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 Fiction (Last...

Chinese 'Three Body' sci-fi saga to have English edition

2012-08-05 THE Three Body trilogy, one of the most popular Chinese-language science fiction novels, will be published in English soon, a publishing company said on Friday. The three-part saga, written by award-winning writer Liu Cixin, has sold 400,000 Chinese...

Guardians of Nanjing Library's old books

2012-08-05 TO Nanjing Library's veteran ancient book restorer, Yang Laijing, mending ancient books is like doing a jigsaw puzzle."It's a time consuming job," says Yang, who has been doing the job for 40 years."I treat it like playing a game....

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Booker judges favour new writers in longlist

2012-07-29 MAN Booker prize judges said they had focused on "novels not novelists" and "texts not reputations" to come up with this year's longlist overlooking some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction, including Zadie Smith, Ian...

Enter the world of dragons

2012-07-29 THOSE of you who got through the more than 2,000 pages that comprise Christopher Paolini's (pictured) Inheritance Cycle would have come to the end of Brisingr, the third instalment, only to realise that the trilogy isn't a trilogy as originally...

'The Fallen Angel' jumps to top of US bestseller list

2012-07-29 "THE Fallen Angel" soared straight 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...

Sunday, 22 July 2012

London's Olympic summer has a Shakespearean flavour

2012-07-22 AS the world comes to Britain for the Olympics, Britain is celebrating arguably its greatest gift to the world the plays of William Shakespeare.Anyone who doubts that accolade for the playwright dead almost 400 years might want to go to the new...

'Shadow of Night' tops US book list

2012-07-22 THE NOVEL "Shadow of Night," the newest book by Deborah Harkness, shot 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...

Fiction e-books outsold hardcovers in 2011

2012-07-22 ELECTRONIC books more than doubled in popularity in 2011, with e-books outselling hardcover books in adult fiction for the first time, according to a survey released on Friday.Net sales of e-books jumped to 15 per cent of the market in 2011 from six...

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Wonderland of books

2012-07-15 ONCE upon a time, a nine-year-old girl and her father set out to read together for 100 nights in a row. And when they reached that milestone, they decided to keep going. Their endeavour to spend a small part of each day reading was called "The...

'Gone Girl' holds on to top spot on bestsellers list

2012-07-15 THE book "Gone Girl" retained the top spot on Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Fairstein delivers the goods with 'Night Watch'

2012-07-15 LINDA FAIRSTEIN, author of thrillers including "Silent Mercy" and "Hell Gate", rips a headline from the front page and delivers another compelling story with her latest book, "Night Watch".Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra...

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...

'Gone Girl' jumps to top of bestsellers list

2012-07-08 THE book "Gone Girl" shot to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday, bumping "Wicked Business" out of the number one spot.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Sunday, 1 July 2012

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...

'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...

Sunday, 24 June 2012

'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...

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...

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