Books & Reviews

Sunday, 21 June 2015

‘Finders Keepers’ retains top spot in US bestsellers

2015-06-21 STEPHEN King’s newest book, “Finders Keepers”, held on to the top spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

UN book on how climate change affects food security

2015-06-21 A NEW book was published Thursday by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on what climate change implies for global food security and trade, the deputy UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, told reporters here. The book entitled “Climate Change and...

Sunday, 14 June 2015

‘Subprimes’ depicts dystopia built on unregulated capitalism

2015-06-14 IN JOURNALIST Karl Taro Greenfeld’s new novel, “The Subprimes”, millions of indebted Americans live in encampments where they constantly face the prospect of eviction and imprisonment in “credit rehabilitation centres”. The minimum wage has been...

Harper Lee letters flop at New York auction

2015-06-14 SIX letters written by US novelist Harper Lee flopped at auction Friday despite feverish interest in the publication of her second novel, set for release next month. The typed letters sent from 1956-1961 to a close friend, New York architect...

‘Finders Keepers’ nabs No 1 spot on US bestsellers list

2015-06-14 STEPHEN King’s newest book, “Finders Keepers”, shot straight to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, knocking “Radiant Angel”, by Nelson DeMille, into fourth place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Digital age poses challenge to book censors

2015-05-17 IT IS an unlikely setting for an international book fair. But around this time of year, the spacious prayer halls of Tehran’s gigantic Mosalla Grand Mosque are transformed into a labyrinth of stalls occupied by publishers exhibiting their latest...

Author Piketty to work with London School of Economics

2015-05-17 FRENCH economist Thomas Piketty, best-selling author on inequality, will teach at the London School of Economics as a professor at its new international inequalities division, the university said.Piketty, 44, will work on research with postgraduate...

‘14th Deadly Sin’ tops bestsellers list

2015-05-17 THE “14th Deadly Sin,” the latest installment in James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s Women’s Murder Club books, debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 10 May 2015

‘Gathering Prey’ tops book bestsellers list

2015-05-10 JOHN Sandford’s new thriller, “Gathering Prey”, debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing David Baldacci’s “Memory Man” into second place. Hardcover Fiction 1. “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford (Putnam) 2. “Memory Man”...

How were 1,198 deaths allowed to happen?

2015-05-10 ON MAY 7, 1915 the Cunard liner Lusitania, the fastest ship of its day, steaming from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine 12 miles off the coast of southern Ireland, not far from Cobh. It sank in 18 minutes: 1,198 passengers...

Stolen first edition of ‘100 Years of Solitude’ found

2015-05-10 A SIGNED first edition of “100 Years of Solitude” by Nobel-Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was recovered Friday, a week after it was stolen at a Colombia book festival, officials said. The novel by the Colombian writer, who died last...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

’Memory Man’ soars to top of bestsellers list in United States

2015-05-03 DAVID Baldacci’s new book, “Memory Man”, bumped Nora Roberts’ “The Liar” from the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States...

Ann Packer explores as she writes in ‘Children’s Crusade’

2015-05-03 NOVELIST Ann Packer’s latest novel, “The Children’s Crusade”, is a mo- dern family epic, as big and tangled as the California live oak at the center of its characters’ lives. The story spans generations, as siblings with old wounds wrestle with...

Stephen King wins Edgar for best mystery novel

2015-05-03 STEPHEN King isn’t only a master of horror. He’s also a man of mystery. King and Gillian Flynn were among the winners at the 69th annual Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. King’s crime story “Mr Mercedes” received the best...

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Tania James sheds light on elephant poaching

2015-04-26 Tania James’s “The Tusk that Did the Damage”, puts the spotlight on elephant poaching in southern India and the lives lost to the lure of ivory. This novel, the author’s second, has three narrators: One is Gravedigger, a rogue elephant who...

‘The Liar’ takes over top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-04-26 NORA Roberts’ “The Liar” knocked “The Girl on the Train” from the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday, which it had held for a dozen weeks. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Girl, 8, strikes blow for equality over ‘boys only’ books

2015-04-26 AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD who asked, “What if a girl wanted a pirate book?” has won a victory for equality, after children’s publisher Scholastic stopped labelling books as “for girls” or “for boys”. Els, from Bounds Green school in London, decided to get...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

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

2015-04-19 “THE Girl on the Train”, a thriller by author Paula Hawkins, kept its perch on Thursday at the top of the US bestsellers list, a spot it has held for a dozen weeks. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Remembering Garcia Marquez

2015-04-19 FROM hundreds of public readings in Mexico to an exhibit in Bogota displaying the typewriter off which flew the pages of “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez honoured the Nobel laureate Friday on the one-year anniversary...

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