Books & Reviews

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Swedish poet Transtromer, a master of metaphor

2015-03-29   SWEDISH poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer (pic) has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said on Friday. The reclusive, mild-mannered wordsmith — considered a master of metaphor and one of the most important...

‘The Girl on the Train’ No 1 on bestsellers list for ninth week

2015-03-29   AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” kept the top spot No. 1 on the US bestsellers list for the ninth consecutive week on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “NYPD...

Japan launches ‘Otaku’ summit

2015-03-29 JAPAN opened what organisers are billing as the world’s first “Otaku” summit on Saturday, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime. So-called Otaku – usually...

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Rakuten buying eBook firm OverDrive for US$410m

2015-03-22   JAPANESE online retailer Rakuten Inc is buying US eBook company OverDrive Inc for about $410 million ($568.13 million), deepening its push into the US market and into what it calls the “sharing economy”. Rakuten’s announcement on Thursday of...

Xi’s ‘Chinese Dream’ book proves popular in Bulgaria

2015-03-22   ALMOST three months after being published, the Bulgarian version of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book “The Chinese Dream of the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation” has emerged as a popular best-seller in the Balkan country. The book was...

‘The Girl on the Train’ retains top spot on bestsellers list

2015-03-22 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train”, held on tight to the No 1 on the US bestsellers list for the eighth consecutive week on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “All...

Sunday, 15 March 2015

‘Written In Black’: second time’s a charm for KH Lim

2015-03-15 THE passing of Jonathan’s Ah Kong (grandfather) throws an air of chaos into the 10-year old’s life. A mother who abandons the family, a disowned older brother and a father who seems to be in a constant state of frustration are among those...

British Marina Warner named as winner of Holberg Prize

2015-03-15 BRITISH author, scholar and critic Marina Warner was named on Thursday as the winner of Norway’s annual Holberg Prize, sometimes known as the “Nobel prize” for arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. Warner, who was born in London...

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Communist Manifesto sales rise up as Penguin releases bargain classics

2015-03-08 MORE than 1,700 bargain copies of The Communist Manifesto have sold in the last week, in the form of an 80p edition of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ call to the working classes to revolt. The book is part of a collection of 80 works re-published...

More women dive into DIY publishing

2015-03-08 IF a woman writing fiction needs “money and a room of her own”, as Virginia Woolf suggested, writers at the beginning of the 21st century should perhaps insist the room comes with an internet connection, after a new study has found that the...

‘The Girl on the Train’ retains grip at top of bestsellers list

2015-03-08 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, “The Girl on the Train”, kept a steady hold on the No 1 spot on the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday for the sixth week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 1 March 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ top for fifth week

2015-03-01 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, held tight to the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the fifth consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Review: In the Beat of a Heart by John Whitfield

2015-03-01   THIS is a book that addresses fabulous and life-enhancing themes. It is written beautifully enough to take your breath away, even as its author writes about trying not to hyperventilate. A book through which ideas, energy and food for thought...

Rachel Joyce’s inspiring story set in a hospice

2015-03-01 BRITISH novelist Rachel Joyce’s new novel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy is a curiously inspiring story set in a hospice. The two main characters first appeared in Joyce’s bestselling novel The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, about a man who...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

‘The Girl on the Train’ retains top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-02-22 THE debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, maintained its hold on the No 1 sport on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the fourth consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Sophie Kinsella finds comedy in shopping

2015-02-22 BEST-SELLING English author Sophie Kinsella is back in shopping mode with her latest novel, Shopaholic to the Stars, which takes her intrepid heroine to Hollywood. It has been four years since the release of the last book in the best-selling...

Look, a new book! Dr Seuss tale out in July

2015-02-22 HERE’S a peach for the beach, kids. A new Dr Seuss book, based on a manuscript and sketches by the much-loved children’s author, will be released this summer, 24 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books said on Wednesday. What Pet...

Movie sparks quest for ‘first editions’ of The Iliad

2015-02-22     A SCENE in Jennifer Lopez’s new film in which her character is given a supposed first edition of The Iliad has prompted viewers to attempt to find their own first edition of an epic poem composed at least 2,000 years before the invention of...

Sunday, 15 February 2015

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

2015-02-15 THE Girl on the Train, the debut thriller by London-based author Paula Hawkins, kept its perch at No 1 on the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the third week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Orhan Pamuk, anxious observer of new Turkey

2015-02-15 SUBMERGED in his new novel, Turkey’s Nobel prize laureate Orhan Pamuk gazes out over the city of Istanbul, the main protagonist of his books, keeping a troubled eye over the development of his country. Pamuk, author of best-selling modern classics...

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