Books & Reviews

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Winnie-the-Pooh meets the queen in birthday story

2016-05-29 WINNIE-THE-POOH meets Queen Elizabeth II and a little boy who looks just like her great-grandson Prince George in a new story published last Thursday to mark both their 90th birthdays. A A Milne’s honey-loving bear, who first appeared in a story...

A haunting collection of 11 dark tales

2016-05-29 ‘REVENGE” – written by Yoko Ogawa and translated by Stephen Snyder – is a collection of 11 short stories that could be best described with two main words: peculiar and haunting. I’ve never read anything by or even heard of this author before...

Thriller ‘15th Affair’ reigns atop US fiction bestseller list

2016-05-29 THE latest thriller from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s Women’s Murder Club series of novels, “15th Affair”, topped the US fiction bestseller chart for the second week in a row. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores,...

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Thriller ‘15th Affair’ topsUS fiction bestseller list

2016-05-22 THE latest thriller from James Patterson “15th Affair” and Maxine Paetro’s Women’s Murder Club series of novels, debuted at the top of the US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction1. “15th Affair” by Patterson/Paetro (Little,...

NATO ex-deputy commander’s book imagines war with Russia

2016-05-22 THE West could find itself at war with Russia by next year unless NATO beefs up its military deterrent, the alliance’s former deputy supreme allied commander for Europe warned in a new book unveiled on Wednesday. “2017 War With Russia” by Richard...

‘Downton’ author brings favourite novelists to TV

2016-05-22 RESPECT is due Julian Fellowes, who as a prolific writer has conquered TV with Emmy-winning “Downton Abbey”, film with “Gosford Park”, which earned him an Oscar, and theater with “School of Rock – The Musical”, a Tony Award nominee. So which author...

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Author posts excerpt from new ‘Game of Thrones’ book

2016-05-15 AUTHOR George RR Martin has released a chapter from a yet-unpublished book in the Game of Thrones series – the basis of the hit HBO TV show – but says he’s not done writing. Since 2012, the 67-year-old writer has published several excerpts from...

Ex-Clinton aide now Lincoln biographer

2016-05-15 BEFORE Sidney Blumenthal was a White House aide and confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, before he was a journalist for The New Yorker and The Washington Post and author of the influential political book The Permanent Campaign, he was a boy in...

Guardian of China’s ‘lonely library’

2016-05-15 MANY elderly Chinese enjoy their retirement looking after grandchildren, or joining square dancing groups. Meng Xiangqian, 63, however, reignited his career by applying for a post at China’s “lonely library”. The library, built just a year ago by...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

‘The Last Good Girl’: Too frighteningly real

2016-05-08 FORMER federal sex-crimes prosecutor Allison Leotta continues her series featuring her fictional counterpart Anna Curtis in a too frighteningly real scenario in “The Last Good Girl”. College student Emily Shapiro has gone missing. She was last...

Political thriller ‘Extreme Prey’ tops US fiction bestsellers list

2016-05-08 THE novel “Extreme Prey”, the latest political thriller from John Sandford, debuted at the top of the US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across...

Book signed by Anne Frank sells for US$62,500

2016-05-08 A BOOK of fairy tales that belonged to Anne Frank sold for US$62,500 ($84,995) at a New York auction on Thursday, Swann Auction Galleries said. The 1925 edition of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”, including “Snow White” and “Hansel and Gretel”, belonged to...

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Baldacci’s ‘The Last Mile’: Fast and furious action

2016-05-01   AFTER two decades in a Texas prison, Melvin Mars is about to be executed for the murder of his white father and black mother. He hears people approaching his cell and assumes they are his escorts to the death chamber. The door opens, and one of...

A tale of sympathy of a man caught between worlds

2016-05-01 I HAVE to admit that I hadn’t heard of “The Sympathizer” until it won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. The work of fiction by Viet Thanh Nguyen tells the eye-opening tale of a man who is caught between worlds. Written like a confession, the book stole my...

New thriller ‘The Last Mile’ debuts at top of the US bestsellers list

2016-05-01 DAVID Baldacci’s newest thriller “The Last Mile”, shot straight to the top of the US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States...

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Shakespeare compilation that saved ‘Macbeth’ put on sale

2016-04-24 A RARE compilation of Shakespeare’s complete works was shown off before sale by Christie’s auction house this week as Britain celebrates the 400th anniversary of the legendary playwright’s death. The “First Folio” was published in 1623 – just...

Centuries-old library to reopen in Morocco next month

2016-04-24 PREPARATIONS are racing against time in Morocco to reopen the University of al-Qarawiyyin library, one of the oldest libraries in the world. Founded in 859 by a devout and wealthy Muslim woman called Fatima al-Fihri, and nestled in the old medina...

‘Millennium’ sequel to be written in American fiction style

2016-04-24 SWEDISH author David Lagercrantz, who took over the Millennium crime series from the late Stieg Larsson, said the fifth book will be written in a straight-talking style popularised by Raymond Chandler. But in an interview with the Swedish daily...

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Ferrante, Pamuk up for Man Booker Int’l Prize

2016-04-17 ELUSIVE Italian author Elena Ferrante and Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (pic) are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Ferrante’s Neapolitan tale “The Story of the Lost Child” and Pamuk’s Istanbul-set “A...

Amazon to launch new Kindle e-book reader

2016-04-17 WILL loyal fans of e-books be willing to pay tablet prices for dedicated e-readers? Amazon is about to find out. The e-commerce giant’s latest Kindle is its smallest and lightest yet. But it’s also the most expensive, at US$290 (S394) — almost a...

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