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Wartime mystery of identity brims with intriguing ideas

The Double Shadow By Sally Gardner Published by Orion ISBN 978 1 78062 012 1

Sunday, 1 April, 2012, 12:00am

Love, books and other passions

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides Fourth Estate

In what must go down as one of the most compelling opening paragraphs of a novel written in recent times, The Marriage Plot connects the reader directly with the mindset of its bookish female protagonist, Madeleine Hanna, and with the audacious literary intent of its author in one fell swoop.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Part-time writer scores a hit with readers on the go

Zhang Nan designs mobile video games by day. As she works at her full-time job, many internet and mobile phone users are following the twists and turns played out in her thriller novel, which is updated almost every day. The debut effort, My Days Working in the Morgue, is making an online celebrity of her.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Reading is food for the soul

In this hi-tech era, only a few classmates of mine have developed a habit of reading. This makes me very sad.

I love to read - books, magazines, newspapers or anything I can lay my hands on. We are fascinated by various things in life. We dream about fame and fortune and achieving the impossible.

17 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


What the movers and shakers are reading

20 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Author sees his literary dream come true

Hong Kong Baptist University's prestigious literary award, The Dream of the Red Chamber, has been won by author Mo Yan, from Shandong province on the mainland.

His novel, Life, Death, Trial, described as a witty, modern Chinese version of Kafka's Metamorphosis, is the second winner of the award since its launch in 2006.

29 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Dear me-moir

Hachette Livre Australia publisher Bernadette Foley is used to bemused looks at book fairs when seeking international deals for her country's most popular titles.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Theories of relativity

As a law student in Germany in the 1960s, Bernhard Schlink was taught by professors who had served in the Third Reich. A former Gestapo informer awakened him to the beauty of English, while a one-time collaborator introduced him to the philosophical richness of the law.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Young editors cross the divide

A new generation of writers and artists are uniting to create a platform independent of the mainstream media which will give young people a voice in current cultural and social affairs.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Man of the moment

Spend a few moments with author Ian McEwan and you'll find yourself embroiled in a discussion about everything from the rationale for atheism to the nature of sexual repression in the early 1960s.

Endlessly curious about anything and everything, the man renowned as one of the finest British novelists of his generation exudes a rare kind of relaxed ease.

10 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Other Colours - Essays and a Story

Other Colours - Essays and a Story

by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely

Faber and Faber, HK$256

'There are two things people always say about The Thousand and One Nights,' says Turkey's first and only Nobel literature laureate Orhan Pamuk in his new collection Other Colours - Essays and a Story.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

The Possibility of an Island

The Possibility of an Island

by Michel Houellebecq

Phoenix, $112

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Brave new words

IN 1985, I bought my first computer and printer from Apple. There was no hard drive and your files had to be saved to a 3.5 inch diskette.

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Pastry & passion

NO PRECISE NAME has emerged for Mark Kurlansky's much-copied literary recipe. 'Biographies of things' is the reigning champ, thanks only to its ambiguity.

12 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Write Away

Write Away

by Elizabeth George

Hodder $119

6 Mar 2005 - 12:00am