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  1. The Other Half Lives

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Other Half Lives by Sophie Hannah Hodder, HK$100 True to her latest title, Sophie Hannah is a writer of two lives. Her first is as a poet: Pessimism for Beginners, her latest collection, was shortlisted for the prestigious T.S. Eliot Award. Her second, rather more profitable existence, is as a writer of thrillers: most recently, The Point of Rescue. Elegantly ...

  2. Escobar

    Posted Oct 18th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Escobar by Roberto Escobar Hodder & Stoughton, HK$171 Like most criminals, Medellin cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar started out small. According to his brother Roberto, a US$60 purchase in Peru of cocaine paste allowed Pablo to hit on a business plan. Ten friends were used as guinea pigs; most of them also became his first customers. By the end of the 1980s, ...

  3. Where Does It Hurt?

    Posted Sep 27th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Where Does It Hurt? by Max Pemberton Hodder & Stoughton, HK$185 If Dr Max Pemberton ever gave up medicine he could probably earn a living writing full-time. Already a medical columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph, he has also written two books about his first years on the job: Where Does It Hurt? follows his debut Trust Me, I'm a Junior Doctor. ...

  4. Embracing the Wide Sky

    Posted Sep 13th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Embracing the Wide Sky by Daniel Tammet Hodder, HK$114 Daniel Tammet, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in 2005, wrote this book to show that minds that function differently are not so different from anyone else's- and to correct misconceptions about savant abilities and what it means to be gifted. Among other things he says the computer ...

  5. Folly

    Posted Sep 06th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Folly by Alan Titchmarsh Hodder, HK$114 In Britain, Alan Titchmarsh is best known as a likeable television gardener and a favourite of housewives. Recently, he has produced several romantic comedies. In this context, Folly is a departure: a family saga that flits from Oxford in the 1950s to a pair of star-crossed lovers in the present. Titchmarsh is ambitious: each ...

  6. Cleopatra the Great

    Posted Sep 06th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Cleopatra the Great by Joann Fletcher Hodder, HK$142 Think of Cleopatra and what comes to mind? Egypt? A rolled-up carpet? An asp? Joann Fletcher says no, or at least not quite. In her biography of the last pharaoh of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty, the Egyptologist points out that Cleopatra was Greek, not Egyptian; that she was probably wearing bedlinen rather ...

  7. Holiday SOS

    Posted Aug 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Holiday SOS by Ben MacFarlane Hodder & Stoughton HK$185 Holiday SOS is enough to make you stay at home. A doctor who ditched hospital shifts to travel the world rescuing the sick and injured, Ben MacFarlane packs his book with anecdote upon anecdote about 'the best job in the world'. Apart from the satisfying challenge of many of the repatriations, ...

  8. Careless in Red

    Posted Jun 07th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Careless in Red by Elizabeth George Hodder, HK$91 Careless in Red, the 14th of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series of crime novels, is a whopper at 568 pages. In many ways, George has earned the right to such epic tales: Lynley is almost as popular on television as he is in print. For hardcore Georgians, however, it is just possible he is too big, ...

  9. The Silver Bear

    Posted May 10th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Silver Bear by Derek Haas Hodder, HK$91 Before writing The Silver Bear, a slim modern thriller starring an assassin called Columbus, Derek Haas achieved considerable success as a Hollywood screenwriter. On the plus side, he co-wrote 3:10 to Yuma and the enjoyably silly Wanted (starring James McAvoy and his Hollywood-enhanced pectorals). On the downside, Haas is also at least ...

  10. The Broken Window

    Posted May 03rd 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver Hodder, HK$74 There are many reasons to read Jeffery Deaver. In seven books he has built one of the best crime serials on bookshelves anywhere. His heroes, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, may have silly names, but they are likeable, original (Rhyme is quadriplegic) and clever. Deaver's plots are sharp, readable ...




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