Books & Reviews

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ stays atop US bestsellers list

2015-08-02 HARPER Lee’s highly anticipated novel Go Set a Watchman kept the top spot for a second consecutive week on the US bestsellers list published on Thursday. Data released from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Mapping the great road trips of American lit

2015-08-02 CHERYL Strayed killed time at a small casino adjoining a Reno bus station at 4am, pack still strapped to her back; Jack Kerouac went down the mountain between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Benson, Arizona, “with the clutch in and the motor off to...

Long-lost Fitzgerald story finally published

2015-08-02 A YEAR before F Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack, he completed a short story about a hard-drinking writer diagnosed with cardiac disease. “And as for that current dodge ‘No reference to any living character is intended’ — no use even trying...

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ tops US bestsellers list

2015-07-26 HARPER Lee's novel ‘Go Set a Watchman’ took the top spot on the US bestsellers list this week, pushing last week’s chart topper ‘The Girl on the Train’ into second place. Data released on Thursday from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Aspiring authors tweet pitches to literary agency

2015-07-26 COULD the next Man Booker prize winner or Nibbies star be discovered on social media? That’s what hundreds of unpublished authors are asking themselves as they tweet one-line book pitches to the literary agency Curtis Brown in the hope of gaining...

Chinese keen to glimpse world’s past

2015-07-26 MORE Chinese people are reading about global history as they seek to better understand the position of the country they once proclaimed as the Middle Kingdom in historic events.The sales of world history books doubled among history books in the...

Sunday, 19 July 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ tops US bestsellers book list

2015-07-19 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller “The Girl on the Train” reclaimed the top spot on the US bestsellers list this week, pushing last week’s chart topper, Daniel Silva’s “The English Spy,” to third place. Data released on Thursday from...

Seeing Egypt through poets’ eyes

2015-07-19 STRUCTURED in prose poem-like paragraphs, “The Crocodiles” explores the relationship between literature and politics in Egypt through the lives of the members of a secret poets’ society set up in Cairo in 1997.The book mixes fiction and reality...

Amazon’s ‘damaging’ power: Call for probe

2015-07-19 AUTHORS including Malcolm Gladwell, Ursula Le Guin, Michael Chabon and Ann Patchett are putting their names to a letter attacking Amazon’s “abuse of its dominance in the world of books” and calling on the US justice department to investigate the...

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Greek ‘crisis’ crime novelist captivates Germans

2015-07-12 IT’S nearly midnight and in a matter of minutes Greece will leave the euro. Banks are shuttered, TV shows heatedly debate whether salaries will be paid... and Inspector Haritos has a new crime to solve. The prescient, if fictional, setting for a...

Harper Lee’s new novel big as ‘Harry Potter’ in Amazon

2015-07-12 “GO SET a Watchman”, the much-anticipated second novel by “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, is the most pre-ordered print title on Amazon.com since the last book in the “Harry Potter” series, Amazon said on Thursday. The online retailer...

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Manuscript describes Hang Tuah’s keris

2015-07-05 THE tale of the greatest Malay warrior that ever lived is one for the ages. His legacy is so ingrained in Malaysia’s cultural history that he has roads named after him and movies made about him. If you grew up in Malaysia, you know who we’re...

Bright future for personalised children’s books

2015-07-05 LOST My Name, a London-based publishing start-up that uses algorithms to create personalised children’s books, has just secured funding from Google Ventures, signifying the great potential of high-tech tales for kids.   The first project by Lost...

Patterson’s ‘Truth or Die’ nabs top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-07-05 “TRUTH or Die”, James Patterson’s newest novel, shot straight to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers” into sixth place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

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...

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