HindustanTimes Sat,25 Oct 2014

I am ashamed to be Australian, says Booker Prize winning novelist Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan said he was ashamed to be Australian during a scathing attack on the environmental policies of his home nation. He believes Prime Minister Tony Abbott was being foolish in his declaration that coal is good for humanity.

Australian novelist Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize

Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious 50,000-pound ($79,530) prize for his novel 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North', set during the building of the Thailand-Burma 'Death Railway' in World War-II.

Obsessed with film trivia? Here are 51 unheard stories

The first volume of Did You Know claims that it's for all Bollywood obsessed movie buffs. The cover promises 51 interesting facts about Hindi Cinema, but are these facts really novel or just a rehash of the blind columns published in old film magazines? Let's find out.

Man Booker 2014 short-list contenders and their work

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, will be announced on Tuesday in London. Here are capsule reviews by Reuters correspondents of the six short-listed contenders.

Book Review: The Half Mother is a story Kashmiris know

In The Half Mother, his debut novel, Shahnaz Bashir has attempted to address the issue of involuntary disappearances in Kashmir, which has been engulfed by violent conflict since the late 1980s.

Book Review: Devdutt Pattanaik’s Shikhandi is snappy

In an age where, for the first time, surgery and medical science have made it possible to change your sex and gender and mix and match them to boot, Devdutt Pattanaik has set up the perfect theology for post-industrial societies, their genital geography and mental mountain-climbing.

Happy birthday R K Narayan: Do you have these 5 best-sellers in your reading list?

On his 108th birth anniversary, we revisit the timeless works of RK Narayan and that timeless place called Malgudi. We can find something of us in little boys and their friends, snake charmers and sweet vendors, astrologers and guides who inhabit this town.

James Bond to charm fans in new comic book series

James Bond's origin and its early adventures will now be revealed in the new comic book series. Dynamite Entertainment has picked up the rights to Bond in comic form which is set to be released in 2015.

Experience the fall of Berlin Wall at Frankfurt Book Fair

From political memoirs and fictional tales to true escape stories, photo chronicles and graphic novels, many of them are showcased at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the publishing industry's biggest gathering held annually in western Germany.

Six novels shortlisted for coveted lit honour

Author Deepti Kapoor's Bad Character, Shovon Chowdhury's The Competent Authority, and Mahesh Rao's The Smoke is Rising are among six books shortlisted for the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. The award is named after journalist Shakti Bhatt, who passed away in 2007.

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