Books & Reviews

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lee Child’s ‘Personal’ debuts at top of US bestsellers list

2014-09-14 PERSONAL, the newest Jack Reacher thriller from author Lee Child, soared to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is used...

In awe of the master

2014-09-14 DAVID James Poissant stages a bizarre zoo in The Heaven Of Animals. Fury, slimy and tiny creatures leap off the pages: a sick alligator in a kiddies pool has his jaws sealed by a tape before being shoved onto a pick-up truck; a flock of geese peck...

A piece of George Orwell’s life restored in India

2014-09-14 INDIA recently began work to restore the dilapidated house where Animal Farm and 1984 author George Orwell was born, and turn it into a museum.   Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, a tiny town in the impoverished...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Louise Penny’s ‘The Long Way Home’ tops US bestsellers list

2014-09-07 THE Long Way Home, the latest Chief Inspector Gamache mystery from Canadian author Louise Penny, topped the US bestsellers list on Thursday, unseating Sandra Brown’s Mean Streak. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

Rise of a star

2014-09-07 IT SEEMS that I may be one of the last people left standing who had not read, or even heard of, Tom Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists. It was a massive critical and popular success in 2011, a bestseller globally in many languages for the...

Scholastic Asian Book Award: Telling Asian tales

2014-09-07 CURRENTLY heading into its fourth edition, the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) has emerged as a much-needed avenue to uncover quality books for children and young adults by Asian writers telling uniquely Asian stories.   Since its inception in...

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Strange sorrows

2014-08-31 WHEN you are born with large wings that are inseparable from your body, it is not surprising that those of a religious bent might see you as an angel.   This is what happens when Ava Lavender is born.   Coming into the world wrapped in a pair...

Sandra Brown’s ‘Mean Streak’ tops US bestsellers list

2014-08-31 MEAN Streak, the latest novel from American author Sandra Brown, topped the US bestsellers list on Thursday, knocking Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, from the top spot. Data from independent...

Signed Charles Dickens book valued at £275k

2014-08-31 PETER Harrington, a rare bookseller in London, has put a price of £275,000 ($570,000) on the copy of A Tale Of Two Cities, which features Dickens’ signature and the inscription: “To George Eliot. With high admiration and regard. December, 1859...

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Cast a giant shadow

2014-08-24 THEY called Andre the Eighth Wonder of the World... mostly in adulation. To his face, they showered him with praise, requests for autographs and snapshots, and sometimes even challenged him to fights to prove pro wrestling was not fake.   But...

Sunday, 17 August 2014

On the art of reading

2014-08-17 PETER Mendelsund’s “What We See When We Read” may be the liveliest, most entertaining and best illustrated work of phenomenology you’ll pick up this year. An acclaimed book-jacket designer and art director, Mendelsund investigates, through words...

Sunday, 10 August 2014

’A Perfect Life’ retains top spot on US bestsellers list

2014-08-10 “APerfect Life”, the newest romance by prolific writer Danielle Steel, retained the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Rare diary gives details of life under Khmer Rouge

2014-08-10 IT WAS an extraordinary act of defiance, and it was extraordinarily risky. But all he did was take out a pen, and write. Nearly 40 years ago, hunched on the floor of the wood-and-leaf hut he was forced to live in away from his children, Cambodian...

Sunday, 3 August 2014

‘A Perfect Life’ soars to top of US bestsellers list

2014-08-03 A PERFECT Life, the newest romance by prolific writer Danielle Steel, went straight to the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United...

‘Fight Club’ gets a sequel as a comic book

2014-08-03 THE movie Fight Club captured the imagination of a generation, with a twist ending few saw coming and even fewer can forget. Now, Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the 1996 book the film was based on, is returning to the characters he created for a...

Life, loss and love

2014-08-03 I ALWAYS thought you’d know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you’d sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you’d better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over. But...

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...

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