Books & Reviews

Sunday, 3 May 2015

’Memory Man’ soars to top of bestsellers list in United States

2015-05-03 DAVID Baldacci’s new book, “Memory Man”, bumped Nora Roberts’ “The Liar” from the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States...

Ann Packer explores as she writes in ‘Children’s Crusade’

2015-05-03 NOVELIST Ann Packer’s latest novel, “The Children’s Crusade”, is a mo- dern family epic, as big and tangled as the California live oak at the center of its characters’ lives. The story spans generations, as siblings with old wounds wrestle with...

Stephen King wins Edgar for best mystery novel

2015-05-03 STEPHEN King isn’t only a master of horror. He’s also a man of mystery. King and Gillian Flynn were among the winners at the 69th annual Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. King’s crime story “Mr Mercedes” received the best...

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Tania James sheds light on elephant poaching

2015-04-26 Tania James’s “The Tusk that Did the Damage”, puts the spotlight on elephant poaching in southern India and the lives lost to the lure of ivory. This novel, the author’s second, has three narrators: One is Gravedigger, a rogue elephant who...

‘The Liar’ takes over top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-04-26 NORA Roberts’ “The Liar” knocked “The Girl on the Train” from the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday, which it had held for a dozen weeks. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Girl, 8, strikes blow for equality over ‘boys only’ books

2015-04-26 AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD who asked, “What if a girl wanted a pirate book?” has won a victory for equality, after children’s publisher Scholastic stopped labelling books as “for girls” or “for boys”. Els, from Bounds Green school in London, decided to get...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

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

2015-04-19 “THE Girl on the Train”, a thriller by author Paula Hawkins, kept its perch on Thursday at the top of the US bestsellers list, a spot it has held for a dozen weeks. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Remembering Garcia Marquez

2015-04-19 FROM hundreds of public readings in Mexico to an exhibit in Bogota displaying the typewriter off which flew the pages of “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez honoured the Nobel laureate Friday on the one-year anniversary...

Hannah says novel ‘The Nightingale’ is her favourite

2015-04-19 KRISTIN Hannah says her new novel, “The Nightingale”, is her favourite book she’s written. That’s a bold statement since she’s had a number of best-sellers, including “Firefly Lane”, “Home Front”, and “True Colors”. “That always gets me in...

Sunday, 12 April 2015

M‘sian author Zen Cho makes waves abroad

2015-04-12 WHEN Malaysian writers make a name for themselves abroad, it is usually for meditative, literary novels, often set in a Malaysia of a different era. Back home, meanwhile, most Malaysians seem to favour politics-centred non-fiction. None of these...

‘The Girl on the Train’ marks 11 weeks at top of bestsellers list in US

2015-04-12 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train”, retained its hold on the No 1 spot on the US bestsellers list for the eleventh consecutive week on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sales of books on Islam see sharp rise in France

2015-04-05 BOOKS on Islam are selling out in France after deadly extremist attacks in the capital raised uncomfortable questions about Europe’s fastest-growing religion. A special magazine supplement focused on Al-Quran has flown off the shelves, and shops...

‘Game of Thrones’ author unveils chapter from next book

2015-04-05 YES, George RR Martin really is working on that next book. The “Game of Thrones” author released a chapter on Thursday from his very long-awaited sixth volume of the “Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series, “The Winds of Winter”. The chapter appears...

‘The Girl on the Train’ holds tight to No 1 spot on bestsellers list

2015-04-05 AUTHOR Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” kept its grip on the top spot on the US bestsellers list for the tenth straight week on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “The...

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...

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