Fri, 23/03/2007 - 15:03
Gyles Brandreth has the next decade of his writing life all planned out: he intends to spend it sitting in front of a computer screen in the company of Oscar Wilde, producing a nine-book series of "traditional murder mysteries" in which the celebrated playwright, wit and gay icon appears as a Victorian detective. Moreover, Wilde has...
Thu, 22/03/2007 - 12:40
So Borders is up for sale in the UK: why has this happened, and what happens next?
A change of management in the US, allied to continuing underperformance domestically, clearly has much to do with it. Like HMV in the UK, Borders in the US is finding it tough to make money in the all-round entertainment business, with music under...
Tue, 13/03/2007 - 15:03
Dayo Forster's debut, Reading the Ceiling (Simon & Schuster, May), opens with Ayodele, an 18-year-old girl growing up in the Gambia in west Africa, desperate to lose her virginity and making a choice between three potential lovers with whom to do "The Deed".
From there the story diverges down three paths...
Tue, 13/03/2007 - 14:22
The opening chapter of Kim Edwards' début novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Penguin, April), sets a tragic scene. On a winter night in the 1960s, a doctor gives away his newborn twin daughter Phoebe when he realises she has Down's syndrome--a decision that will affect him and the rest of his family for decades...
Thu, 08/03/2007 - 14:50
If the Normandy landings had been repelled and the German army had invaded Britain, thousands of ordinary men would have gone underground to join a resistance force. That's the compelling hook of Owen Sheers' debut novel Resistance (Faber, June).
Sheers chooses to set this counter-factual story not amid high-level...
Tue, 20/02/2007 - 15:25
Last Christmas may well be remembered as the year of celebrity flops, but for Hannah Black it was a career making season. While autobiographies by the likes of Gary Barlow, David Blunkett and Michael Barrymore underperformed in the light of their acquisition price tags, Black's book from Peter Kay, The Sound of Laughter, became the...
Tue, 20/02/2007 - 15:18
Jacqueline Pascarl's life story makes most other misery memoirs look pedestrian. Born in Melbourne to Australian and Chinese parents, she was swept off her feet aged 17 by a Malaysian Prince Charming--Prince Bahrin--and became Princess Yasmin of Malaysia after a whirlwind romance.
The fairy tale ended abruptly with a violent assault...