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  1. The baddest of them all

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... has led the latest revival of the vampire genre- from novels to movies and television series. Stephanie Meyers has romanticised the blood-sucking stereotype for teenagers around the world. ... the Impaler (1431-76), who ate bread dipped in the blood of his enemies and impaled thousands during his reign. Vlad served as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, which made ...

  2. Dreamcatcher

    Posted Oct 26th 2003, 12:00am by Mathew Scott

    ... Mathew Scott Dreamcatcher Starring: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis Director: Lawrence Kasdan The film: The works of Stephen King have long provided a rich seam for studios to mine- all the way back to 1976's superb Carrie. He ha ...

  3. Bedroom politics

    Posted May 30th 2010, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... to the nature of American violence and politics, it's perhaps not surprising she should turn to the politics of marriage in her new and 13th novel, Private Life. In some ways, the only predictable ... attempt. She has written every kind of novel, biography, comedy, tragedy, saga and satire. 'I'm fascinated in all kind of things,' says Smiley, who chaired the judging panel ...

  4. Credible woman

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... author pulled out of the inaugural Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai last month because of censorship fears, she did so believing a novel by Geraldine Bedell ... who claimed her novel had been both, and pointed out that '... books are seriously 'banned' and 'censored' around the world, and people have been imprisoned, murdered, ...

  5. Animal instinct

    Posted Jan 16th 2011, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... Bron Sibree Just as her fourth novel, Ape House, hit bookshelves last month, Sara Gruen's 2006 novel, Water for Elephants, was notching up its 98th week on The New York Times' ... of the most-loved novels of the past decade. But even now, the Canadian-born, US-based novelist and mother of three can't tell you why it is people respond to it so powerfully. 'If I knew, ...

  6. Books of the year

    Posted Dec 24th 2004, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... be. Haddon's novel, a wonderfully original tale of a 15-year old autistic boy investigating the death of a neighbour's dog, is a fascinating piece of fiction that mixes mystery story and personal drama. Meg Rosoff packed a genuine emotional punch with her debut novel How I Live Now. This was another excellent book that put up no defined readership barriers. Rosoff began her story ...

  7. Laugh and death in Venice

    Posted Jun 20th 2010, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... professor specialising in Jane Austen, has penned 19 best-selling Commissario Brunetti novels, including the latest, A Question of Belief, and is published in more than 20 countries. Leon, you ... the novels rely on a canny, almost effortless delineation of character, as Brunetti engages with his wife Paola, a professor of English literature, and his colleagues at the Questura. In A Question ...

  8. Orient, expressly

    Posted Nov 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... by booksellers Dymocks in Grappa's Cellar, Central. The winner of the 2001 British Book Awards' Book of the Year Prize, for Man and Boy, Parsons is here to promote his current novel, Starting ... presentation and novel writing appeared on his CV, along came Hong Kong, discovered on a regional backpacking tour. Parsons estimates that he has made more than 60 visits in the past 20-odd years, ...

  9. Dark prince

    Posted Jan 18th 2009, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... uncompromising and utterly driven to boot. 'But I am very pleasant about it,' chuckles the Boston-born author of such acclaimed noir novels as Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone. He is also ... the fray with his film of Lehane's 2003 thriller Shutter Island set for release next year, while the rights to Lehane's new and eighth novel The Given Day have already been snapped up ...

  10. A man before his time

    Posted Feb 09th 2011, 12:00am by Diane Anderson

    ... France. His father was a lawyer. He thought Jules was going to be a lawyer as well. He was sad when he discovered Jules was writing novels. Verne did manage to pass his law degree. He died ...




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