Books & Reviews

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Hachette tests book sales via Twitter

2014-12-14 Publishing giant Hachette said it was launching a test programme allowing consumers to purchase books on Twitter without leaving the messaging service. The French-owned group said it would work with the technology firm Gumroad to enable the...

Shaken to the core

2014-12-14 IT was 1964 and J Edgar Hoover’s FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) obviously had a reputation to maintain – did it want to be associated with a fictional spy who has “beautiful women presenting themselves to him in scandalous attire”? The...

Patterson’s ‘Hope to Die’ stays on top of bestseller list

2014-12-14 JAMES Patterson’s “Hope to Die” topped the US best-seller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week, ahead of John Grisham’s “Gray Mountain”. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across...

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Insights into the city

2014-12-07 Author: Kris WilliamsonGenre: Non-fictionPublisher: Fixi Novo MALAYSIAN publisher Fixi’s popular KL Noir series is completed this month with the release of this fourth and final volume. In Yellow, we are promised stories that are “sick and twisted...

‘Five-second rule’ newest addition to Oxford dictionary

2014-12-07 IN A sign that palates and culinary repertoires are becoming increasingly international, editors at Oxford Dictionaries have added a few foreign foods including arancini, carne asada and guanciale into their online database. In the latest...

James Patterson’s ‘Hope to Die’ debuts atop US best-seller list

2014-12-07 JAMES Patterson’s Hope to Die debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing David Baldacci’s newest thriller, The Escape, into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Strange Glimmerglass

2014-11-30 Author: Marly YoumansGenre: FictionPublisher: Mercer University Press FANTASY and myth mix with classic whodunit in Glimmerglass, the latest novel from poet and South Carolina native Marly Youmans. This is only detective fiction, though, in the...

Notes for living

2014-11-30 GET motivated, stand out, and take charge. These authors claim they can help you do all that. Becoming The BossAuthor: Lindsey Pollak Publisher: Harper Business, 301 pages, non-fiction ARE you a new generation leader? In this book, the author...

Stephen King’s ‘Revival’ still at No 1 on US bestseller list

2014-11-30 STEPHEN King’s newest book, Revival, still remains at the top of the US bestseller list on Thursday, toppling John Grisham’s Gray Mountain, from the coveted perch. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 23 November 2014

New Egypt comic artists push limits of expression

2014-11-23 A NEW feminist comic book, the Jewelry Box, has emerged in Egypt, the latest addition in a blossoming scene of alternative comics, as artists seek freer outlets of expression in a country where independent voices are finding it harder to speak....

Stephen King’s ‘Revival’ debuts at No 1 on US best-seller list

2014-11-23 STEPHEN King’s newest book, Revival, shot straight to the top of the US best- seller list on Thursday, toppling John Grisham’s Gray Mountain, from the coveted perch it had occupied for three weeks. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book...

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Amazon, Hachette end e-book revenues dispute

2014-11-16 ONE of publishing’s nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group, is ending. Amazon and Hachette announced a multiyear agreement on Thursday. With e-book revenues reportedly the key...

Grisham’s ‘Gray Mountain’ holds top spot on US best-seller list

2014-11-16 JOHN Grisham’s latest thriller novel, “Gray Mountain”, took the top spot on the US best-seller list on Thursday for the third consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Of Indonesian democracy

2014-11-16 AN ELECTION year doesn’t just bloom politicians – it also fertilises a flowering of books. So far this year two excellent additions: Elizabeth Pisani’s “Indonesia Etc” and Australian journalist Hamish McDonald’s “Demokrasi”. The books are...

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Grisham keeps perch on US best-seller list with ‘Gray Mountain’

2014-11-09 AUTHOR John Grisham held on to the No 1 spot on the US best-seller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week with his newest book, “Gray Mountain.” Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Tale of the titans of art

2014-11-09 ANYONE who has visited Paris will be shocked by the photographs of Montmartre that appear in Sue Roe’s account of 10 turbulent years in the history of that great city and the artists most closely associated with it.   For this Montmartre is not...

Have you read Modiano? No, but I know a lot of other things...

2014-11-09 WITH the Internet taking over modern reading habits, do you still have to have read Proust, Balzac... or Modiano to be considered cultivated in France? The answer, according to some experts, is “not necessarily”. With e-books, online blogs,...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

JK Rowling reveals the secrets of Dolores Umbridge

2014-11-02 JK ROWLING (pictured) has revealed that Dolores Umbridge, the witch who forces Harry Potter to cut the words “I must not tell lies” on to his hand, was inspired by a real person. In an essay for her website Pottermore, released to mark Halloween,...

Mammy has her moment in ‘Gone with the Wind’ prequel

2014-11-02 NEARLY eight decades after she became one of the most famous supporting figures in American popular literature, Mammy has become the heroine of her own story in a prequel to Gone with the Wind. Ruth’s Journey by novelist and poet Donald McCaig...

Grisham back on top of US best-seller list with ‘Gray Mountain’

2014-11-02 AUTHOR John Grisham captured the No. 1 spot on the U.S. best-seller list on Thursday with Gray Mountain, bumping Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

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