Books & Reviews

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...

Sunday, 5 October 2014

’Edge of Eternity’ remains on top of bestsellers list

2014-10-05 “EDGE of Eternity”, the conclusion of author Ken Follett’s 20th-century trilogy, 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...

Food fads explained

2014-10-05 ACCORDING to author David Sax, the noun “tastemaker” is defined as “anyone with the power to make you eat quinoa”. (Quinoa is a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is also closely related to chenopod species such as beetroots,...

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Expert books on life and love

2014-09-28 THIS week’s round-up offers books with wise words from geeks and experts and notions on romance from a masterful storyteller.   The Google Boys: Sergey Brin and Larry Page in Their Own Words Editor: George Beahm   Publisher: Agate B2, 160...

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Lee Child’s ‘Personal’ retains top spot on US bestsellers list

2014-09-21 PERSONAL, the 19th Jack Reacher thriller from author Lee Child, held on to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

From KL to Kabul

2014-09-21 AFGHANISTAN. Mention the country, and many images come to mind, most of them probably negative. Rolling deserts and extensive cave networks. Armed conflicts and bloody uprisings. The iron rule of the Taliban.   The country is probably pretty low...

Drama books to draw you in

2014-09-21 We Were Liars Author: E Lockhart Publisher: Random House, 240 pages, fiction   Nothing, not the back-of-book blurb or all of the many (raving) reviews, provides much information about the actual story in We Were Liars. And that’s the way the...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lee Child’s ‘Personal’ debuts at top of US bestsellers list

2014-09-14 PERSONAL, the newest Jack Reacher thriller from author Lee Child, soared to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is used...

In awe of the master

2014-09-14 DAVID James Poissant stages a bizarre zoo in The Heaven Of Animals. Fury, slimy and tiny creatures leap off the pages: a sick alligator in a kiddies pool has his jaws sealed by a tape before being shoved onto a pick-up truck; a flock of geese peck...

A piece of George Orwell’s life restored in India

2014-09-14 INDIA recently began work to restore the dilapidated house where Animal Farm and 1984 author George Orwell was born, and turn it into a museum.   Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, a tiny town in the impoverished...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Louise Penny’s ‘The Long Way Home’ tops US bestsellers list

2014-09-07 THE Long Way Home, the latest Chief Inspector Gamache mystery from Canadian author Louise Penny, topped the US bestsellers list on Thursday, unseating Sandra Brown’s Mean Streak. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Rise of a star

2014-09-07 IT SEEMS that I may be one of the last people left standing who had not read, or even heard of, Tom Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists. It was a massive critical and popular success in 2011, a bestseller globally in many languages for the...

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