Books & Reviews

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Baldacci’s ‘The Last Mile’: Fast and furious action

2016-05-01   AFTER two decades in a Texas prison, Melvin Mars is about to be executed for the murder of his white father and black mother. He hears people approaching his cell and assumes they are his escorts to the death chamber. The door opens, and one of...

A tale of sympathy of a man caught between worlds

2016-05-01 I HAVE to admit that I hadn’t heard of “The Sympathizer” until it won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. The work of fiction by Viet Thanh Nguyen tells the eye-opening tale of a man who is caught between worlds. Written like a confession, the book stole my...

New thriller ‘The Last Mile’ debuts at top of the US bestsellers list

2016-05-01 DAVID Baldacci’s newest thriller “The Last Mile”, shot straight to the top of the US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States...

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Shakespeare compilation that saved ‘Macbeth’ put on sale

2016-04-24 A RARE compilation of Shakespeare’s complete works was shown off before sale by Christie’s auction house this week as Britain celebrates the 400th anniversary of the legendary playwright’s death. The “First Folio” was published in 1623 – just...

Centuries-old library to reopen in Morocco next month

2016-04-24 PREPARATIONS are racing against time in Morocco to reopen the University of al-Qarawiyyin library, one of the oldest libraries in the world. Founded in 859 by a devout and wealthy Muslim woman called Fatima al-Fihri, and nestled in the old medina...

‘Millennium’ sequel to be written in American fiction style

2016-04-24 SWEDISH author David Lagercrantz, who took over the Millennium crime series from the late Stieg Larsson, said the fifth book will be written in a straight-talking style popularised by Raymond Chandler. But in an interview with the Swedish daily...

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Ferrante, Pamuk up for Man Booker Int’l Prize

2016-04-17 ELUSIVE Italian author Elena Ferrante and Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (pic) are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Ferrante’s Neapolitan tale “The Story of the Lost Child” and Pamuk’s Istanbul-set “A...

Amazon to launch new Kindle e-book reader

2016-04-17 WILL loyal fans of e-books be willing to pay tablet prices for dedicated e-readers? Amazon is about to find out. The e-commerce giant’s latest Kindle is its smallest and lightest yet. But it’s also the most expensive, at US$290 (S394) — almost a...

Thriller ‘As Time Goes By’ tops US bestsellers list

2016-04-17 THE latest thriller by Mary Higgins Clark, “As Time Goes By”, topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is...

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Award-winning author: My Chinese stories belong to all mankind

2016-04-10 CHINESE stories must be written to talk to the entire world, Chinese children’s fiction writer Cao Wenxuan, the first Chinese author to ever win the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, said after receiving the 2016 award at the ongoing Bologna Children’...

American children’s writer wins Astrid Lindgren prize

2016-04-10 AMERICAN children’s author Meg Rosoff has won the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for young people’s literature, the organisation announced. “Meg Rosoff’s young adult novels speak to the emotions as well as the intellect. In sparkling prose,...

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Evanovich delivers heartfelt romance in ‘Total Package’

2016-04-03 STEPHANIE Evanovich delivers another swoon-worthy romance with “The Total Package”. She reunites the heroine of her story with her long- lost love in the most unlikely of settings – a football field. Dani Carr is an aspiring sports journalist with...

Western tale by a teenage Thurber published

2016-04-03   BEFORE becoming one of the great wits of the 20th century, James Thurber was a teenager hooked on Westerns. The Columbus, Ohio, native would remember fondly such “nickel novels” as “Jed, the Trapper” and “The Liberty Boys of ‘76”, and was so...

Harlan Coben’s ‘Fool Me Once’ debuts at top of US bestsellers list

2016-04-03 HARLAN Coben’s new thriller "Fool Me Once" debuted at the top of the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is used...

Sunday, 27 March 2016

New author hopes novel ‘The Nest’ lives up to its buzz

2016-03-27 CYNTHIA D’Aprix Sweeney was on her way to meet her family for brunch in New York when she had an idea for the opening scene of her debut novel, “The Nest”. Sweeney imagined family members “all needing to meet but all needing a drink before they...

Grisham’s new book addresses cancer, alzheimer

2016-03-27 A NEW book by bestselling author John Grisham is giving new impetus to a handful of companies striving to develop what they say could be a trailblazing treatment for cancer and Alzheimer's disease. “The Tumor” is a fictional account of a 35-year-...

Hmong American poet Mai Der Vang wins prize for best debut

2016-03-27 A HMONG American poet is this year’s winner of the Walt Whitman Award, given for an outstanding debut book. The Academy of American Poets told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 34-year-old Mai Der Vang will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a...

Sunday, 20 March 2016

‘Great Divide’: all about inequality

2016-03-20 THE book “The Great Divide” by Nobel Prize-winning economist and former World Bank chief economist Joseph E Stiglitz tackles the question of inequality, not just in terms of wealth and how it has a distortive effect on society, but also how it...

‘Too Naked for the Nazis’ wins odd book-title prize

2016-03-20 TOO Naked for the Nazis, the story of a music-hall act that outraged authorities in Hitler’s Germany, has won an award for the year’s oddest book title. Organisers of the Diagram Prize said Friday that Alan Stafford’s cultural-history tome gained...

‘Baseball's No-Hit Wonders’ is a fascinating book

2016-03-20 SPRING is almost official, and that means the other season about to start is baseball season. Author Dirk Lammers examines the history of a pitcher’s dream to throw a no-hitter in “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s...

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