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  1. Three novels red

    Posted Sep 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on and doesn't let go. It's nice, if unusual. Like Hong herself. Hong, 42, has been attracting attention for a decade and a half with her novels that deal with some of China's biggest post-1949 ... engineering project and brutal communist campaigns in the early 50s against prostitution and religion, among other things. If a novel about the Three Gorges project sounds indigestible, it's not. ...

  2. Novel approach puts chateau in the spotlight

    Posted Jul 25th 2004, 12:00am by Kelly Carter

    ... Kelly Carter Olivia Hsu Decker says she had no idea her French chateau would feature prominently in Dan Brown's wildly popular novel The Da Vinci Code. Nor can she recall providing ... but that is his style. 'Authenticity is Dan's top priority with all his novels-?@that is, using real locations, architecture and history in?@order to make his books as intriguing ...

  3. The Notebook

    Posted Jun 06th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... Compiled by Diana McPartlin The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Warner $71 A tender love story about loyalty, kindness and passion. Or a shallow, sickly sweet tearjerker that will make sceptics cringe. It's hard to be indifferent to this best-seller. Set ...

  4. The Harmony Silk Factory

    Posted Jul 10th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw Harper Perennial, $96 Truth has many guises, just as people have different dimensions. This much is clear in Tash Aw's debut novel ... the story without having to rely on setting and without any of the orientalism that afflicts so much writing about Asia. He succeeds on both counts, while driving an absorbing narrative. This novel ...

  5. The Understudy

    Posted May 29th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... For those who don't have time to read the novel, there's always the movie, starring Tom Hanks, who apparently will be adapting to film not only this novel but also Nicholls' first: ...

  6. Indian love call

    Posted Feb 25th 2005, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's debut novel, The Last Song of Dusk, caused a sensation in the writer's homeland because of its daring treatment of sex and other sensitive issues. ... of his first novel, The Last Song of Dusk, the 27-year-old author has been escaping into the Himalayan foothills each week to work on his second novel, so great are the demands on his time and so ...

  7. A book with a movie inside

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... A feisty princess has to defend her kingdom in this epic novel by a talented new author, writes John Millen Barry Cunningham, from The Chicken House publishers, says The Cry of the Icemark is the best 'movie' he has ever read- and once you begin reading, you will understand what he means. This superb novel by Stuart Hill is a book that you see as well as read. The icy scenery, ...

  8. An old-fashioned mystery

    Posted Mar 20th 2005, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... This peculiar novel about strange things taking place at a school is like a relic from a time warp, writes John Millen Just when you thought they didn't write them like that anymore, ... it almost falls off the end of the time scale. But it is all good fun, and, once you get past the shock of reading a new novel so covered in cobwebs and dust you wonder if your hands are getting ...

  9. The Finishing School

    Posted Nov 07th 2004, 12:00am by Desmond O'Grady

    ... of the school is to maintain Rowland while he completes what he hopes will be his first published novel. Chris threatens to arrive first. A skilled self-promoter, he's had nibbles from three publishers and a filmmaker about his novel reinterpreting the story of Mary Queen of Scots. Rowland's 'envious jealousy' and 'jealous envy' of Chris ('he thought ...

  10. Beautiful lines

    Posted Mar 06th 2005, 12:00am by Alister McMillan

    ... He won the Booker prize with only his fourth novel in 20 years. Now, Alan Hollinghurst is happy to take a long break, he tells Alister McMillan ALAN HOLLINGHURST arrives in Hong Kong this week hoping to make the most of the 'long, fallow period' he grants himself after the completion of each novel. Normally described as a self-contained, resolutely private writer, ...




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