Books & Reviews

Sunday, 23 November 2014

New Egypt comic artists push limits of expression

2014-11-23 A NEW feminist comic book, the Jewelry Box, has emerged in Egypt, the latest addition in a blossoming scene of alternative comics, as artists seek freer outlets of expression in a country where independent voices are finding it harder to speak....

Stephen King’s ‘Revival’ debuts at No 1 on US best-seller list

2014-11-23 STEPHEN King’s newest book, Revival, shot straight to the top of the US best- seller list on Thursday, toppling John Grisham’s Gray Mountain, from the coveted perch it had occupied for three weeks. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Amazon, Hachette end e-book revenues dispute

2014-11-16 ONE of publishing’s nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group, is ending. Amazon and Hachette announced a multiyear agreement on Thursday. With e-book revenues reportedly the key...

Grisham’s ‘Gray Mountain’ holds top spot on US best-seller list

2014-11-16 JOHN Grisham’s latest thriller novel, “Gray Mountain”, took the top spot on the US best-seller list on Thursday for the third consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Of Indonesian democracy

2014-11-16 AN ELECTION year doesn’t just bloom politicians – it also fertilises a flowering of books. So far this year two excellent additions: Elizabeth Pisani’s “Indonesia Etc” and Australian journalist Hamish McDonald’s “Demokrasi”. The books are...

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Grisham keeps perch on US best-seller list with ‘Gray Mountain’

2014-11-09 AUTHOR John Grisham held on to the No 1 spot on the US best-seller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week with his newest book, “Gray Mountain.” Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Tale of the titans of art

2014-11-09 ANYONE who has visited Paris will be shocked by the photographs of Montmartre that appear in Sue Roe’s account of 10 turbulent years in the history of that great city and the artists most closely associated with it.   For this Montmartre is not...

Have you read Modiano? No, but I know a lot of other things...

2014-11-09 WITH the Internet taking over modern reading habits, do you still have to have read Proust, Balzac... or Modiano to be considered cultivated in France? The answer, according to some experts, is “not necessarily”. With e-books, online blogs,...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

JK Rowling reveals the secrets of Dolores Umbridge

2014-11-02 JK ROWLING (pictured) has revealed that Dolores Umbridge, the witch who forces Harry Potter to cut the words “I must not tell lies” on to his hand, was inspired by a real person. In an essay for her website Pottermore, released to mark Halloween,...

Mammy has her moment in ‘Gone with the Wind’ prequel

2014-11-02 NEARLY eight decades after she became one of the most famous supporting figures in American popular literature, Mammy has become the heroine of her own story in a prequel to Gone with the Wind. Ruth’s Journey by novelist and poet Donald McCaig...

Grisham back on top of US best-seller list with ‘Gray Mountain’

2014-11-02 AUTHOR John Grisham captured the No. 1 spot on the U.S. best-seller list on Thursday with Gray Mountain, bumping Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Jodi Picoult’s ‘Leaving Time’ debuts atop US best-seller list

2014-10-26 LEAVING Time, the newest novel by Jodi Picoult, shot straight to the top of the best-seller list on Thursday, nudging Deadline by John Sandford from the No 1 spot into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Books of the week: The fight for survival

2014-10-26 THIS week it’s all about saving the world, and learning to love and appreciate one another.     The Rule Of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2) Author: James Dashner Publisher: Corgi Books, 336 pages, fiction The Eye Of Minds, the first book...

Bicycle kick’s origin

2014-10-26 WITH football’s elite earning the GDPs of small nations, and the game’s expansionist logic crushing all other concerns under its neon-coloured boot-heel (human rights abuses in Qatar, for instance), it is little wonder that older football fans...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Murder-mystery ‘Deadline’ tops US best-seller list

2014-10-19 JOHN Sandford’s newest murder-mystery, Deadline, debuted at the top of the best-seller list on Thursday, pushing James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge’s Burn from the top spot. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Quietly horrifying

2014-10-19 EE LEEN Lee’s 13 Moons is a collection of horror and supernatural stories published by Fixi Novo, the English-language imprint of Buku Fixi, which publishes pulp and genre fiction in Bahasa Malaysia. Lee edited one of Fixi Novo’s bestselling noir...

Robinson, Chast among book award finalists

2014-10-19   NOVELIST Marilynne Robinson, cartoonist Roz Chast (pictured) and former US poet laureate Louise Gluck are among this year’s finalists for the National Book Awards. Robinson was cited for Lila, the third of an Iowa-based trilogy that began with...

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mark Haysom’s heartbreaking debut novel

2014-10-12 AN ORDINARY tale of a family struggling to make ends meet is delivered with telling effect. The Beatles’ first single, 1962’s Love Me Do, is a strikingly teenage effort – a promise to stay true, a vow of everlasting love and sweetness. But the...

Crime thriller ‘Burn’ soars to top of US bestsellers list

2014-10-12 JAMES Patterson’s newest book, Burn, debuted at the top of the best-sellers list on Thursday, ousting Edge of Eternity, the conclusion of author Ken Follett’s 20th-century trilogy, from the No 1 spot. Data from independent and chain bookstores,...

Little known Modiano wins Literature Nobel Prize

2014-10-12 THE 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature goes to French writer Patrick Modiano, whom the Swedish Academy describes as “Marcel Proust of our time”. Relatively unknown outside of France, Modiano’s works have centred on memory, oblivion, identity and...

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