Book Reviews

Book Review: The most entertaining history of The Ashes ever written

July 10, 2013
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Book Review: The most entertaining history of The Ashes ever written

Yes, we know that heading sounds pretty hefty. But then, we really could not find any other words to describe the latest edition of Simon Briggs’ simply outstanding “Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps: A Sledger’s History of The Ashes.” The Ashes, for those who know not much of cricket, is one of sport’s…

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Book Review: Grim, gory, gripping!

July 3, 2013
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Book Review: Grim, gory, gripping!

It happens like clockwork every few months these days. Or anyway, ever since Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson showed that stunning crime writing could also come from those who do not write in English. Every few months, there emerges an author who writes in another language but also wins acclaim in the one spoken by…

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Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times – yours for free today!

June 23, 2013
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Love him. Hate him. But if you have any interest whatsoever in national politics, you ignore Narendra Modi at your peril. The man who has been Chief Minister of Guajarat for more than a decade has now emerged as a candidate for Prime Ministership of the nation, to the delight and shock of many (few…

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Book Review: Vintage Wine, Plastic Bottle, Crazy Price!

June 21, 2013
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Book Review: Vintage Wine, Plastic Bottle, Crazy Price!

More than thirty years ago, English cricketer Peter Walker penned one of cricket’s most memorable books, called Cricket Conversations. As the name indicates, it was a collection of conversations between Walker and a dozen or so cricketers, including legends like Garry Sobers and Bishen Singh Bedi. The book – a slim volume – is still…

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Book Review: Thrills, Spills…and Giggles

June 14, 2013
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Book Review: Thrills, Spills…and Giggles

Murder, a housewife caught up in the middle of it, police, foul play, dastardly plot…those seem to be the ingredients of a typical run of the mill thriller, don’t they? Well, they are all there in The Reluctant Detective. But the book is anything but run of the mill. Nay, this is not a book…

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Book Review: Zombies never seemed THIS real!

June 11, 2013
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Book Review: Zombies never seemed THIS real!

When you think of books about zombies and the undead, the last thing you expect is reportage. If there are zombies and dead men walking, there should be ancient curses, shamans, innocent victims, and swaggering heroes saving the day, right? The answer would be “yes” in most cases. Which is why Max Brooks’ World War…

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Review Round Up: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

June 1, 2013
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Review Round Up: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Yes, the man who moved the world with books like The Kite Runner and A Thousand Suns is back. It might not have been accompanied by the kind of marketing hype that marked Dant…oops…Dan Brown’s Inferno, but Khaled Hosseini’s third novel, And The Mountains Echoed has arrived in bookstores around the world. Does it live…

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The BookWag List 11: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

May 31, 2013
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The BookWag List 11: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

As we head into the weekend, here is our list of ten books that are worth getting your reading teeth into. They will remain stuck there for a while, we promise. As usual, our selection goes across genres and focuses on entertaining reading rather than the educational (we really believe we had an overdose of…

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Book Review: The greatest Batman story ever told?

May 28, 2013
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Book Review: The greatest Batman story ever told?

No Man’s Land is considered to be one of the greatest Batman storylines, detailing what happened to Gotham City after a cataclysmic earthquake left it in ruins. As if the earthquake is not bad enough, the city is cut off by the US Government and declared a no-go zone after most of its citizens have…

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“All men are writers…”: Ten terrific quotes from Terry Pratchett’s Dodger

May 25, 2013
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“All men are writers…”: Ten terrific quotes from Terry Pratchett’s Dodger

If you are the type that likes to collect good quotations – and many book lovers do – a Terry Pratchett book can be a treasure of sorts. Never short of wit and possessing the ability to be profound without being complicated, Pratchett’s books come laced with lines that you can quote aloud or just…

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