Books & Reviews

Sunday, 27 July 2014

’The Book of Life’ takes No 1 spot on US bestsellers list

2014-07-27 THE Book of Life, the final novel of the time-travelling trilogy written by Deborah Harkness, shot straight to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Cartoonist Chast's memoir shines funny light on elderly care

2014-07-27 KNOWN for her simple yet sharp drawings as a political cartoonist in New Yorker, Roz Chast's latest book is a memoir that broaches the uncomfortable subject of caring for ageing parents with a wry sensitivity and a touch of gentle humour.  ...

It’s all about the job

2014-07-27   AS A non-American, I’ve grown to admire Hillary Rodham Clinton somewhat. Not because of her political accomplishments so much as her resilience and her strength. I’ve admired the way she picked herself up from scandal – the 1998 impeachment of...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Amazon ‘unlimited’ e-book service is limited

2014-07-20   AMAZON’S new “unlimited” e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you’ll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is bit like a small bookstore...

Travel the world

2014-07-20 IN DIPLOMATIC Baggage (2005), author Brigid Keenan recounted her life as a “trailing spouse”, following her diplomat husband to countries as varied as Nepal, Trinidad, Kazakhstan and Belgium, with trips back to Britain sandwiched in between these...

’Act of War’ jumps to top of U.S. bestsellers list

2014-07-20 BRAD Thor’s thriller, Act of War, debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing James Patterson’s Invisible into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Readers go for online book subscriptions

2014-07-13 Photo provided by Scribd shows the Scribd e-book app. Scribd and Oyster let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price US$9 ($11.17) for Scribd and US$10 for Oyster.  AP

Author Ahlberg rejects award due to Amazon link

2014-07-13 BRITISH children’s author Allan Ahlberg (pictured below) has rejected a lifetime achievement award after finding out it was sponsored by Internet bookseller Amazon, which he said does not pay its fair share of tax in Britain. Ahlberg, best-known...

‘Invisible’ retains top spot on bestsellers list

2014-07-13 JAMES Patterson held on to the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list for the second week on Thursday with his latest novel “Invisible.” Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United...

Sunday, 6 July 2014

‘Invisible’ takes top spot on bestsellers list

2014-07-06 JAMES Patterson was back on top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday with his latest novel “Invisible” which pushed Janet Evanovich’s “Top Secret Twenty-One” into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

War hero Louis Zamperini, inspiration for ‘Unbroken’, dead at 97

2014-07-06     LOUIS Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film “Unbroken”, has died at age 97. Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said on...

King, Tartt among those backing anti-Amazon letter

2014-07-06 STEPHEN King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group. The letter, initiated by Hachette...

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Easier than ever to publish a book in S’pore

2014-06-29 IT HAS become easier than ever to publish your own book in Singapore. What, then, is the value of sending in a manuscript to an established imprint, hoping it will make it out of the unread slush pile? On June 14, violinist and former national...

‘Top Secret Twenty-One’ debuts #1 on bestsellers list

2014-06-29 JANET Evanovich’s “Top Secret Twenty-One”, the latest book in her series about a female bounty hunter, debuted at the top of the bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Do syllables even exist?

2014-06-29 HOW many syllables are in your name? You probably already know off the top of your head, but count them anyway. I have six. Most of us do the same thing when we’re counting. Putting more weight than usual on each beat, we number them off on our...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Book describes ‘farcical’ aftermath of Mandela’s death

2014-06-22 NELSON Mandela’s widow was forced to get accreditation to attend his memorial service and could only bring four family members as his clan squabbled after his death, the South African icon’s former private assistant says. Graca Machel (pic), who...

Mohsin Hamid’s ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ shortlisted for International Literary Award

2014-06-22 PAKISTANI writer Mohsin Hamid’s latest novel, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia”, has been shortlisted for Germany’s International Literature Award. “I’m thrilled for ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ to be shortlisted," Hamid told Dawn...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Stephen King’s ‘Mr Mercedes’ tops US bestsellers list

2014-06-15 STEPHEN King's latest novel, Mr Mercedes, debuted at the top of the bestsellers list on Thursday, knocking Jim Butcher’s Skin Game, down to sixth place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

E-books trend on the rise

2014-06-15 E-BOOK sales are set to surpass traditional print tomes in Britain by 2018, a new study has revealed.   According to a Pricewaterhou-seCoopers (PwC) report, the next four years will see consumer e-book sales almost triple in value to become worth...

Bite-sized science

2014-06-15 SO, WHAT keeps you up at night? Aside from caffeine, babies, work, books or electronic gadgets, of course. What do you worry about? Most people tend to worry about things that directly affect them; things like health, career, family, finances, etc...

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