Books & Reviews

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Eric Foner wins American History Book Prize

2016-02-14 THE latest honour for Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner is a $50,000 award from the New York Historical Society. Foner’s ‘Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad’ (pictured) has received The American History...

Boy Meets Depression: Humour and chemical imbalance

2016-02-14 THE title of author Kevin Breel’s memoir is direct and self-explanatory. “Boy Meets Depression” is Breel’s personal account of descending into, recognising, and pulling out of the fog called depression.   A stand-up comic from Victoria, British...

J D Robb’s ‘Brotherhood in Death’ tops US bestseller list

2016-02-14 J D ROBB’S latest futuristic suspense novel “Brotherhood in Death” topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

2016-02-07 TO SOME she’s just a plain white bunny, to others she’s a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she’s getting a museum of her own. After a two-year renovation project,...

Illustrators win gold medals for book, editorial art

2016-02-07 THE annual gold medals awarded by the Society of Illustrators in New York are considered the Oscars of the profession. Three internationally recognized artists are getting the top honour Friday for images they created for books. Allen Crawford,...

Patterson, Karp’s thriller ‘NYPD Red 4’ tops US bestseller list

2016-02-07 JAMES Patterson’s latest heist thriller “NYPD Red 4”, co-authored with Marshall Karp, topped the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

2 more colouring books by Johanna Basford coming this year

2016-02-07 MARK your calendars, or perhaps colour them in: Johanna Basford has two adult colouring books coming out this year. Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that Basford’s “Magical Jungle” is coming out in August, followed in October by “Johanna’s...

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Documenting the lost Sikh heritage in Pakistan

2016-01-31 AMARDEEP Singh grew up hearing about the beauty of the Punjab and reading about the might of the Sikhs who rose to power there in the late 1700s. In his book, Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy In Pakistan, he explores many of the places he had heard...

Danielle Steel’s ‘Blue’ tops US bestseller’s list

2016-01-31 DANIELLE Steele’s new novel “Blue“ debuted at the top of the weekly U.S. fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States are...

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Elizabeth Strout’s ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ tops US bestseller list

2016-01-24 PULITZER Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout’s latest novel “My Name is Lucy Barton”, about a mother-daughter relationship, debuted at the top of the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and...

Read classic books for fun, not because you should

2016-01-24 IS THERE something in the human soul that makes us want to castigate ourselves for not having read the books we feel we should have? A couple of years back, Amazon gave us a “bucket list of books to create a well-read life” (or at least to make us...

‘Girl In The Woods': Healing through hiking

2016-01-24 THE first time I heard of the Pacific Crest Trail was at the recent George Town Literary Festival, when a friend expressed interest in hiking it. Stretching across mountains running along the western coast of the United States, it is a challenging...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A complement to traditional publishing

2016-01-17 IT’S 2007, and two entrepreneurs sit in a cafe, wondering what their next step should be. In 2006, Allen Lau had quit his job to work on a website he and his friend, Ivan Yuen, believed would be the next big thing. The site, which they dubbed...

Latest ‘Star Wars’ tale tops US bestsellers list

2016-01-17 ‘STAR Wars: The Force Awakens”, the official novel of the latest blockbuster movie, took the top spot on the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Whaling museum gears up for ‘Moby Dick’ reading marathon

2016-01-10 ‘MOBY Dick” fans from around the world are getting ready for their own grueling quest — a marathon reading of Herman Melville’s classic. The New Bedford Whaling Museum this weekend is holding its 20th annual nonstop reading of the seminal man vs...

’Girl on the Train’ back on top of US bestsellers list

2016-01-10 PAULA Hawkins’ popular “Girl on the Train” knocked John Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” off the top spot on the weekly US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers...

Make a travel bucket list with Lonely Planet books

2016-01-10 OK, I admit it, I like listicles and bucket lists. Ticking off items on a list, one by one, gives me a thrill of satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. And it’s no secret that I love to travel. What better way to learn about a country, its people...

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Scholar Keene finds his life intertwined with Japan

2016-01-03 SO few teaching opportunities existed for a young Japan scholar in late 1940s America that a professor suggested he teach Greek instead. Donald Keene persevered, arriving in the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto in 1953 to do research. “I was...

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ stays atop US bestseller list

2016-01-03   John Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” held onto the top spot on the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Thursday.   Hardcover Fiction 1. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Cross Justice” by James Patterson (Little,...

Sunday, 27 December 2015

John Grisham’s ‘Rogue Lawyer’ stays atop US best-seller list

2015-12-27 JOHN Grisham’s legal thriller “Rogue Lawyer” held onto the top spot on the weekly US fiction best-seller chart on Wednesday. Hardcover Fiction   1. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Cross Justice” by James Patterson (Little,...

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