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  • JK Rowling's adult novel has an Indian character September 27, 2012

    Author JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' published by Hachette sets a new record for sales for an adult hardback in India. Rowling already holds the record for children's books with her Harry Potter series. The Casual Vacancy is the first ever highsecurity book to be printed locally in India. In India...
  • Rowling's adult novel Casual Vacancy is worth it September 27, 2012

    So look, here's the thing: This. Is. Not. A. Children's. Book. If you're looking for what made Harry Potter magical Wizards! Spells! Flying Broomsticks! you're not going to find it. If you're looking for what makes JK Rowling magical emotion, heart you will. 'The Casual Vacancy' is...
  • Hundreds flock to meet '50 Shades of Grey' author April 30, 2012

    Miami: Young school teachers, middleaged nurses and even the elderly flocked to a Miami book store Sunday for a chance to meet the author of the bestselling erotic romance 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in the launch of her US book tour. British newcomer E L James drew more than 500 men...
  • Farooqi: Authors are busy writing 'clever' novels April 13, 2012

    New Delhi: How do you start a serious discussion on contemporary literature with a Pakistani author who taught Argentine tango to Canadians in Toronto, flipped pizzas and worked at an assembly line to make a living while translating Urdu fantasy fiction to English in his spare time? You don't. You...
  • Book Watch 2012: Rajinikanth, Obama biographies January 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Booklovers can look forward to a great year ahead as some several interesting titles including biographies of Barack Obama, Rajnikanth and Aung San Suu Kyi and fictional works by the likes of Jeffrey Archer and Shobhaa De have been lined up for 2012. Penguin India's upcoming books include "Man...
  • Hitler stole Beetle idea from Jew engineer: book January 18, 2012

    London: Adolf Hitler stole the idea for the iconic Volkswagen Beetle car from a Jewish engineer and had his name written out of history, a historian has said in a new book. The Nazi leader has always been given credit for sketching out the early concept for the Beetle during a...
  • Alchemist graphic novel is a good one time read May 31, 2011

    "It was a dream of mine to have 'The Alchemist' as a graphic novel" Paulo Coelho. Well, The Alchemist A Graphic Novel is pretty much about Coelho's personal legend than anything else. One of the most inspiring and fascinating stories told in more than two decades, The Alchemist...
  • Delhi's satirical portrait in Gokhale's new book May 30, 2011

    Namita Gokhale's pretty much holding up a mirror to Delhi's highflying elite with her latest book, Priya in Incredible Indyaa. I read this through in one siting, a lazy Saturday afternoon, but must admit right at the outset to not having read Paro (the prequel, if you're going backwards). Paro is...
  • Penguin India appoints Chiki Sarkar as publisher May 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Chiki Sarkar, the former editor in chief of Random House India, has been appointed publisher of Penguin India, the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent. Sarkar has worked with bestselling authors including Jhumpa Lahiri, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, Mohammed Hanif, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Rujuta Diwekar. Before Random...
  • Book on sex: It has 200 blank pages March 4, 2011

    London: What does every man think apart from sex? A British author says "nothing" and has written a book on it. Except that the book has just a cover and has 200 blank pages. Sheridan Simove's book is titled "What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex", the Daily Express...
  • Holiday book pile: Power women, Kasab, Gandhi December 30, 2010

    New Delhi: Enjoy an exciting mix of fact and fiction in your book cart this holiday weekend whether it's about power women, Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab or recreating Mahatma Gandhi through his grandchildren. Book: "Forgotten"; Written by Bilkees I. Latif; Priced at Rs.225; Published by PenguinIndia This is a...