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  • South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies July 14, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday. Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement...
  • In JK Rowling's second story, Harry Potter's wife Ginny, a sports reporter with the Daily Prophet, live blogs from the Quidditch World Cup July 14, 2014

    On Tuesday when JK Rowling gave fans a glimpse of how Harry Potter and his gang are doing 7 years post the battle at Hogwarts, there were speculations on whether these posts would become a regular feature on the Pottermore site. Good news is that on Saturday, Rowling posted a live...
  • Attention Harry Potter fans: JK Rowling posts story about Harry sporting a new cut on his cheek and attending Quidditch game July 8, 2014

    OMG, you guys! You will never believe what gossip columnist Rita Skeeter is reporting! JK Rowling has just posted a new short-story about Harry Potter attending a Quidditch World Cup game in a new article on her website, Pottermore.com. Harry, last seen waving his children onto the Hogwarts train at the...
  • Stop illegal Bangladeshis or Assam could turn into 'Bosnia or Kashmir': BSF ex-officer June 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Retired Indian security personnel must be allowed to settle along the Bangladesh border to be New Delhi's "eyes and ears" vis-a-vis illegal migration, a former BSF officer says. Retired Border Security Force (BSF) Additional Director General PK Mishra also warns that India's failure to stop the growing illegal...
  • Novelist Salman Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize June 20, 2014

    London: Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie is the winner of this year's PEN/Pinter Prize in recognition of his support for freedom of speech and generous help to other writers, the prize judges said on Friday. The prize, awarded by the British branch of the worldwide writers' association, is named for the...
  • Gulzar's 'Green Poems' to be launched on World Environment Day June 3, 2014

    Patna: On the occasion of World Environment Day (5th June, 2014) Penguin Books India is launch of a new book of poetry 'Green Poems' by renowned lyricist Gulzar. Retired diplomat and JDU leader by Pavan K Varma has translated the poems into English. The launch is being organised by the...
  • 'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn signed up to write a novel based on 'Hamlet' May 31, 2014

    London: American novelist Gillian Flynn, author of the bestselling "Gone Girl", will write a novel based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet" for a series commissioned by The Hogarth Press employing contemporary writers to reinterpret the Bard's plays. Hogarth announced this week that Flynn had been recruited for its "Hogarth Shakespeare" project which will...
  • Original page of Tintin drawings sets comic strip record at auction May 25, 2014

    Paris: An original page of drawings featuring the intrepid boy reporter Tintin sold at auction Saturday for more than two million euros, a new world record for a comic strip. The piece, dating from 1937 and signed by the creator Herge, went to an American collector after 15 minutes of furious...
  • Popular comic Tinkle enters Limca Book of Records May 22, 2014

    Mumbai Children's monthly Tinkle, from the house of Amar Chitra Katha, has entered the Limca Book of Records for being the 'only all-comic magazine for children . The June issue of the magazine has been dedicated to this record along with a double spread proclaiming the entry into the record book. The...
  • Arun Maira says his book is on reforms needed for stronger economy May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Planning Commission Member Arun Maira on Tuesday said that his new book focuses on reforms that can ensure a stronger economy and is "very different" from what others have written recently. Maira's book titled 'Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying - Reforming Institutions' comes on the heels of books written...
  • Had unfettered access to Modi, says his biographer Andy Marino May 8, 2014

    There are more than 10 books on the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in stores now. One book that seems to be flying off the shelves is London-based biographer Andy Marino's book. He talks of getting unfettered access over a period of a few weeks, in an exclusive interview...
  • 10 years of Chetan Bhagat's 'Five Point Someone', possibly the world's only most-read book everyone has denied reading May 7, 2014

    No author in literary history has polarised readers as much as Chetan Bhagat since the release of his first semi-autobiographical book 'Five Point Someone' that touched a nerve with readers debating both his style and the quality of his prose. Bhagat is not a literary elite but no other author has...
  • Australian physicist finds 99-year-old mistake in Oxford dictionary April 28, 2014

    An eagle-eyed Australian scientist has forced the Oxford English Dictionary to change its definition of how a siphon works, after he found an error in the entry which had gone unnoticed for 99 years. For almost a century, the dictionary incorrectly stated that atmospheric pressure, rather than gravity, is the...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival to go to London for a day April 24, 2014

    For the first time, a day long event of the popular Jaipur Literature Festival will be organised in London as part of an annual festival of South Asian culture in the United Kingdom. The organisers of JLF have partnered with renowned South Bank Centre for their festival of South Asian cultur'Alchemy'...
  • Next Oxford dictionary may be too big to print, fear publishers April 21, 2014

    London: The Oxford English Dictionary may disappear from bookshelves as future editions may be too big to print, its publishers fear. Only an on-line format would be practicable and affordable as the third edition is expected to be twice the size of the current version, according to its publishers. The publishers say...
  • 10 helplessly romantic quotes of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez you're thankful Bollywood scriptwriters never found out April 18, 2014

    His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century,...
  • Prince Charles did not support Rushdie over The Satanic Verses April 15, 2014

    Britain's Prince Charles turned his back on author Salman Rushdie during the fatwa over publication of 'The Satanic Verses' as he believed the book was offensive to Muslims, a novelist has revealed. In an interview with Vanity Fair, author Martin Amis has claimed that the Prince’s views caused a row at...
  • Some amazing lines from Indian-origin poet Vijay Seshadri's Pulitzer prize winning book '3 Sections' April 15, 2014

    India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems '3 Sections.' The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music were announced on Monday by Columbia University. Seshadri's '3 Sections' is a "compelling collection of poems that...
  • India-born poet Vijay Seshadri wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize April 15, 2014

    New York: India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems "3 Sections." The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music were announced on Monday by Columbia University. Seshadri's '3 Sections' is a "compelling collection of poems...
  • Batman turns 75: Here are his best stories, handpicked for you April 11, 2014

    There have been thousands of Batman stories published in the last 75 years. To make your work easier for you, we recommend the best storylines. Year One. Arguably the greatest comic book story ever written, this is Frank Miller's re-imagination of how Bruce Wayne became the Bat. If you've seen the...
  • Batman nemesis: The good, the bad and the creepy April 11, 2014

    The Joker: No list is complete, or even begins, without him. The first great Bat-villain, and arguably the greatest comic book villain ever (Lex Luthor and Magneto fans, please stay your fists). Poison Ivy: Pamela Islay is an immortal femme fatale, and has had many love-hate run-ins with the Bat. Ra'as al-Ghul:...
  • Batman turns 75: From grim personal story to sinister villains - what is the secret of The Dark Knight's popularity? April 11, 2014

    Delhi: So Batman has entered his 75th year. For a creature born out of acute childhood trauma, nostalgia does not come easily, and we suspect Mr Wayne would take reminiscence as a kind of weakness, but we are not caped crusaders ourselves, so we can afford to look back on...
  • 10 books Konkona Sen Sharma loves and wants you to read April 10, 2014

    From detective novels to popular comics, storybooks and classic literature, books play a key role in widening the horizons of our imagination and introducing us to different perspectives. To ensure they aren't deprived of the pleasure of reading books, celebrities - despite their frenzied and chaotic work lives - take...
  • Unreal Elections: Internet's favourite parody bloggers try to answer crucial but entirely fake questions ahead of 2014 polls April 9, 2014

    Why Narendra Modi's favourite movie is The Lion King, what happens to Arnab Goswami's milkman when he tries to cheat him, how Sonia Gandhi reshuffles her Cabinet with a little help from Britney Spears, Why Arvind Kejriwal can't get rid of his shawl in the Delhi summer, what fills Manmohan...
  • RIP Archie: Popular comic character Archie to be killed off in upcoming comic book April 9, 2014

    Los Angeles: Beloved comic book character Archie Andrews will die in an upcoming issue. Archie Comics announced that the redhead would be killed off. Details of the death are not available, but the story will be covered in "Life With Archie", which will be released on July 16, reported Ace Showbiz. "We've...
  • Narendra Modi says his poems are 'like a spring of fresh water', collection of his poetry in English to be out on April 20 April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: It seems Bharatiya Janata Party's PM nominee Narendra Modi is pulling out all stops to convey his message to voters across India. The latest is a collection of his poems out on April 20 in the national capital. Modi's poems in Gujarati have been translated into English and...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Lowland' shortlisted for Baileys Prize April 8, 2014

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Lowland" has been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. "The Lowland", which is about the lives of brothers Subhash and Udayan, their choices and their fate, was described by Helen Fraser,...
  • 25 of the greatest science fiction books ever written April 8, 2014

    Dune by Frank Herbert is often quoted as 'Science Fiction's answer to Lord of the Rings'. The cast is huge and varied, a tapestry of flesh that includes the likes of noble desert fighters, messiahs, conniving 'witches', and greedy emperors. 'Ender's Game' is the story of a young boy placed...
  • Antony a good man but surrounded by a web of bureaucrats: Gen VK Singh's autobiographer April 6, 2014

    New Delhi: With the clock ticking down, the fate of 542 candidates that will be sent to the next Lok Sabha hangs in the balance. Amidst the shrill, high-pitched drama with various candidates attacking their rivals, the one issue that is omnipresent is the multiple scams in Defence deals. The...
  • Veer: 'Courage beyond compare', stories of extraordinary struggles April 3, 2014

    The book tells the stories of the extraordinary struggles of some of India's highly accomplished para athletes. These athletes overcame unbelievable physical and mental challenges to become world beaters in their chosen sporting arena. ...

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Irish writer pips Jhumpa Lahiri to win top UK prize

First-time Irish novelist Eimear McBride beat five other authors including Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American writer Jhumpa Lahiri to win this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

Book Reviews

KR Meera's 'Hang Woman' is a complex read

KR Meera does a splendid job of mixing the past and the present and weaving it to create a story of love, loss and violence.