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  1. Lifestyle - Health - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Only severely ill should be tested for new virus, WHO says

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 02:15pm by Reuters in London

    ... a family called coronaviruses, which also includes viruses that cause the common cold and Sars, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which emerged in China in 2002 and killed around a tenth ...

  2. Lifestyle - Books - LITERATURE

    Book review: The Novel- A Biography, by Michael Schmidt

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 11:57am by MCT

    ... Jim Higgins The Novel: A Biography by Michael Schmidt Harvard University Press 4 stars Jim Higgins Michael Schmidt's massive new book, The Novel: A Biography, covers nearly 700 years of prose and hundreds of writers. At 1,200 pages, it is much longer than Moby-Dick and nearly as long as War and Peace. Although it's not necessarily the last word on any given novel ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books

    Author dials up the horror in new novel

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 11:28am by GDN

    ... by Lauren Beukes HarperCollins 4 stars The distinction between genre and literary novels is increasingly a matter of marketing rather than critical inquiry. John Banville moonlights in crime as Benjamin Black, Jonathan Lethem uses aliens to explore humanity in Girl in Landscape, just as Nnedi Okorafor does in her sci-fi novel Lagoon. Percival Everett has given us a multicultural western ...

  4. Lifestyle - Books

    Debut novel examines Indian immigrant experience

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 09:39am by Bron Sibree

    ... Bron Sibree Debut novel about Indian immigrant family's problems and secrets evokes mirth and tears, writes Bron Sibree Familial manoeuvres Mira Jacob's beguiling and darkly comic debut novel The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing has already drawn early comparisons with the work of literary superstar Jhumpa Lahiri. Both write about the immigrant Indian experience ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books

    Novel retrieves forgotten memory of massacre in Pakistan

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:13pm by Bron Sibree

    ... Bron Sibree Search for artefact amid end of empire in Pakistan Kamila Shamsie has been garnering accolades ever since her debut novel, In the City by the Sea, in 1998, aged 25. Since then the Pakistani-born Britain-based novelist and columnist has written four more acclaimed novels, including her Orange Prize-shortlisted 2009 novel Burnt Shadows. In 2013, Shamsie was named one of Granta ...

  6. Lifestyle - Books

    Past lives haunt Beijinger in intriguing novel

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:11pm by Kate Whitehead

    ... Kate Whitehead Gripping novel spans centuries in China as modern Beijinger is stalked by sinister mystery soul mate, writes Kate Whitehead Knocked for six by past lives The Incarnations by Susan Barker 5 stars Doubleday British writer Susan Barker's remarkable new novel is ambitious in scope, scholarly in depth and absolutely riveting. The Incarnations works on a number ...

  7. Lifestyle - Books

    Novel explores lives of Beijing's unnoticed street hawkers

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 12:18pm by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

    ... Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore In Xu Zechen's vibrant novel, the weather is yet another powerful obstacle in the lives of the capital's overlooked and embattled underclass, writes ... is as bleak and inhospitable as life inside. Storms, and the suffocating Beijing dust, appear time and again in Running Through Beijing, Xu Zechen's frenetic and beguiling novel about life ...

  8. Lifestyle - Books

    Rewind book: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos da Laclos (1782)

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 07:52am by Robin Lynam

    ... is an example of the epistolary novel, which had its heyday in the 18th century. The book created a scandal when it was first published in pre-revolutionary France, and widely thought to be an amoral or immoral work. At a time when discontent with the behaviour of the French aristocracy was gradually coming to a boil, the novel, originally published in four parts, painted a fascinating picture ...

  9. Lifestyle - Books - FICTION

    Book review: Lucky Us, by Amy Bloom

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 07:52am by MCT

    ... David Ulin Lucky Us: A Novel by Amy Bloom Random House The story of half-sisters Eva and Iris, who end up first in Hollywood and then in Brooklyn after having left their ne'er-do-well father in the early days of the second world war, Lucky Us is an attempt at an American picaresque in the style of, say, John Irving, or Amy Bloom's last novel, Away (2007). ...

  10. Lifestyle - Health - LAB REPORT

    Lab report

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 10:04am by Jeanette Wang

    ... that the risk for a pandemic triggered by the Sars-like coronavirus is low – at least for now. The findings come amid concerns about a virus spread more deadly than that caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome. Researchers from Institut Pasteur in Paris  analysed data – 55 of the 64 laboratory-confirmed cases worldwide – on the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus ...




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