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Excuse me, do say please

Lynne Truss has come a long way since teaching us the propah way to use English in Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Now, she’s going to teach us etiquette.

books Updated: Jun 12, 2010 02:01 IST
Hindustan Times

Excuse me, do say please

Lynne Truss has come a long way since teaching us the propah way to use English in Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Now, she’s going to teach us etiquette. Talk To The Hand, is a handbook on the trendy problem of handling “the utter bloody rudeness of everyday life”. Her discourse includes ways to stay good-tempered, checking the nagging habit of using the ‘eff word’ too often and the geographical impact on an individual’s genteelness (eg. French shopkeepers are more cordial than their English counterparts). It’s a book you want everyone else to read.

Talk to the Hand
Lynne Truss
Fourth Estate
Rs 199 n pp 214

When life takes a SXC turn

Aman realises that the days in his comfort zone — life in the humble Akshar High School — are nearing an end when his parents drag him to St Xavier’s, Calcutta, in the hope that their son will receive a fuller education there. Thus begin Aman’s trials and tribulations in the big bad world of an elite educational institute. Following a few initial hiccups — having bullies for classmates, mistrusting teachers — Aman wades through it all and begins to enjoy the world he inhabits. All of 15, Mohan tells a tale that most school-goers (or pass-outs) would identify with at one level or the other.

Potato Chips
Anshuman Mohan
Rs 199 n pp 259

Blood is even thicker than a franchise

Sink your teeth into this slim novella, the latest from the Eclipse batcave, by ‘vampires have emotions too’ bestselling writer Stephenie Meyer. Fans of the writer can dig into the backstory of Bree Tanner, who she really is before Eclipse, the third film in the ‘Twilight’ series, hits cinemas near you. Not only will your character research into Bree be done, but what could be better than throwing that ‘smug look’ at your friends when they wonder about Bree’s origin and identity?

The Short Life of Bree Tanner, as the title suggests, is — thankfully — more about Bree than about Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, what with the world getting into a feverish craze over those amorous two.

In this novella, Meyer reveals the world of the newborn army and their fight against the mighty Cullens, and how they are nothing more than mere pawns in the larger game that these vampires play.

Racy and gripping, this novella is a fast read and adds to the experience of the ‘Twilight’ series. Watch out for those moments when tiny Bree smacks her lips after drinking human blood. Delectable.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Stephenie Meyer
Rs 595 n pp 178

Advocating a new Grisham

The hardsell of a new John Grisham is child’s play. Over the years, the American lawyer-turned-politician-turned-legal thriller writer has broken sales records. And rightly so. But with Theodore Boone: Young Lawyer, Grisham dons a new robe: of writing legal thrillers for adolescents. Here, a 13-year-old aspiring lawyer suddenly finds himself tangled in a murder case. It’s the whole Grisham shebang but in a lower gear for younger folks. But is it the proper mustard? Read it to find out.

Theodore Boone: Young Lawyer
John Grisham
Rs 199 n pp 263

Bangkok gets noirer

In the latest in the Vincent Calvino series, crime writer Christopher G. Moore does what he does best: kill someone and let the brash, unsuave, unpretentious Calvino unearth the dirty details. In Asia Hand, Vinnie — along with the sophisticated Thai cop Colonel Prachai (Pratt), his partner in solving crimes — sets off to find the murderers of a farang cameraman. What follows is a journey into the big, bad, dark world of Bangkok politics and double-dealings. The stakes are high when luck forsakes the duo. A happy-ending? Surprise us!

Asia Hand
G. Moore
Rs 299 n pp 266

First Published: Jun 12, 2010 01:54 IST