Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe, published by Penguin. Expo 58 enters the Payot best seller list at number 1. The Atomium, built for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, is the setting for Jonathan Coe’s latest thriller. Coe, author of the hugely successful The Rotters’ Club has received widespread acclaim for what Robert McCrum in […]
Gone Girl is a thriller by American writer Gillian Flynn. Published by Crown Publishing Group in June 2012, it soon made the New York Times best seller list. The novel’s sense of suspense comes from uncertainty about the main character, Nick Dunne, and whether he is involved in the disappearance of his wife. Reviewers have […]
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Hardcover – Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. In 2012, when she was fifteen, she paid dearly for her beliefs. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while on the bus home from school. Miraculously she recovered after arduous surgery in the UK. Her ordeal failed to silence her and she has become a pre-eminent ambassador for women’s rights and education. In October she was awarded the Nobel Peace prize. This is her story.
This week’s book review: Us. A new entry into the Payot best seller list, Us by David Nicholls is a book about personal discovery in mid-life. The book has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014. Published by Hodder and Stoughton, it was launched in September. Rank Title Author Published By Genre […]
A new entry into the Payot best seller list, Command Authority is the last book written by Tom Clancy before his death in October 2013. A political thriller, it was co-written and completed by Mark Greaney and published posthumously last December by Putnam Adult. Set against a backdrop of the rise to power of Russia under the rule of a strongman, the book is the ninth novel featuring the former CIA agent and President Jack Ryan.
This week’s book review: Edge of Eternity Storming to the top of this week’s best sellers is Ken Follett’s Edge of Eternity, published by Dutton, a Penguin imprint. It is the finale of his Century Trilogy that follows the fortunes of five intermingled families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – as they make […]
Swiss Watching: Inside Europe’s Landlocked Island Swiss Watching: Inside Europe’s Landlocked Island by Diccon Bewes is very firmly in the best sellers list despite being published over four years’ ago. It is a light, warmly humorous yet revealing description of this most special country. Bewes stylishly convinces the reader that there’s more to Switzerland than […]
The Giver is an American children’s novel by Lois Lowry. It won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies. It has recently been released as a film and the book re-launched. Rank Title Author Published By Genre 1 Adultery Coelho, Paulo Random House Fiction Hard Cover 2 The Fault in […]
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is staying firmly on top of Payot’s top 10 this week. A new entry is Personal, the nineteenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. Released this week by publisher, Doubleday Bantam, it has already jumped to fourth position in the local best seller’s […]
At number four in the top 10 is “The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden”. Whole gangs of critics and reviewers are claiming that this book is as delightfully wry and witty as his bestselling debut, “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”. It is a tale of how one woman’s […]