Books & Reviews

Sunday, 1 March 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ top for fifth week

2015-03-01 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, held tight to the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the fifth consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Review: In the Beat of a Heart by John Whitfield

2015-03-01   THIS is a book that addresses fabulous and life-enhancing themes. It is written beautifully enough to take your breath away, even as its author writes about trying not to hyperventilate. A book through which ideas, energy and food for thought...

Rachel Joyce’s inspiring story set in a hospice

2015-03-01 BRITISH novelist Rachel Joyce’s new novel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy is a curiously inspiring story set in a hospice. The two main characters first appeared in Joyce’s bestselling novel The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, about a man who...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ retains top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-02-22 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, maintained its hold on the No 1 sport on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the fourth consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Sophie Kinsella finds comedy in shopping

2015-02-22 BEST-SELLING English author Sophie Kinsella is back in shopping mode with her latest novel, Shopaholic to the Stars, which takes her intrepid heroine to Hollywood. It has been four years since the release of the last book in the best-selling...

Look, a new book! Dr Seuss tale out in July

2015-02-22 HERE’S a peach for the beach, kids. A new Dr Seuss book, based on a manuscript and sketches by the much-loved children’s author, will be released this summer, 24 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books said on Wednesday. What Pet...

Movie sparks quest for ‘first editions’ of The Iliad

2015-02-22     A SCENE in Jennifer Lopez’s new film in which her character is given a supposed first edition of The Iliad has prompted viewers to attempt to find their own first edition of an epic poem composed at least 2,000 years before the invention of...

Sunday, 15 February 2015

’The Girl on the Train’ holds on to US bestsellers list top spot

2015-02-15 THE Girl on the Train, the debut thriller by London-based author Paula Hawkins, kept its perch at No 1 on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the third week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Orhan Pamuk, anxious observer of new Turkey

2015-02-15 SUBMERGED in his new novel, Turkey’s Nobel prize laureate Orhan Pamuk gazes out over the city of Istanbul, the main protagonist of his books, keeping a troubled eye over the development of his country. Pamuk, author of best-selling modern classics...

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir a blockbuster for publisher

2015-02-08 THE autobiography of prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, which gives a grittier view of American frontier living than her popular Little House series for children, is proving to be a blockbuster for a small state-owned publishing house. Pioneer...

Harper Lee’s second book sparks anticipation

2015-02-08 SURPRISE, eager anticipation and a tinge of scepticism surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee would publish a second novel half a century after To Kill a Mockingbird became an American classic. Until Tuesday when...

50 years on, quirky guide still shows the way

2015-02-08 ARGUABLY the best guide to London published this season was written nearly 50 years ago. Nairn’s London by Ian Nairn first appeared in 1966 and has been reprinted after fans of the idiosyncratic architectural enthusiast mounted a public campaign...

Sunday, 1 February 2015

New book lifts lid on court of Britain’s Prince Charles

2015-02-01 A NEW biography of Britain’s Prince Charles reveals how his inner circle is riven with backstabbing and infighting, according to extracts published by The Times newspaper Saturday. Charles’s household has been nicknamed “Wolf Hall” after Hilary...

Cairo book fair highlights culture and renovation

2015-02-01 THE 46th annual Cairo International Book Fair kicked off last Wednesday for visitors at Cairo’s fairgrounds centre. The fair, dubbed Culture and Renovation, was inaugurated by Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb and Minister of Culture Gaber...

’The Girl on the Train’ tops US bestsellers list

2015-02-01 THE debut thriller by London-based author Paula Hawkins, “The Girl on the Train” , jumped to the top of the US bestsellers on Thursday nudging Dean Koontz’s “Saint Odd” from first to third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Sunday, 25 January 2015

’Saint Odd’ debuts at top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-01-25 The final book in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series, “Saint Odd”, shot straight to the top of the US bestseller list on Thursday, pushing Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See” into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores,...

Book on Sonia Gandhi finally released in India

2015-01-25 ONCE again, Sonia Gandhi is on the front page in India. But this time the reclusive politician – one of the world’s most powerful women – isn’t plastered across the country’s raucous newspapers. Rather, she is on the cover of a “fictionalised...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

’All the Light We Cannot See’ retains perch atop bestsellers list

2015-01-18 WORLD War Two novel “All the Light We Cannot See” held on to the No 1 spot on the US bestseller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Amazon exec hopes for peace with publishers

2015-01-18 THE overseer of Amazon.com’s Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace. With a months-long standoff between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over e-book revenues settled and a multiyear agreement in place, Amazon senior vice president...

Crime writer Ruth Rendell ‘critical’ after stroke

2015-01-18 BRITISH crime writer Ruth Rendell, the author of more than 60 books in a career spanning five decades, was on Thursday in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a stroke, her publisher said. “She is in hospital under expert care in a...

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