Posts Tagged ‘ HarperCollins ’

Happy birthday HarperCollins

March 8, 2017
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Happy birthday HarperCollins

Publishing giant Harper Collins is marking its 200th anniversary. The company yesterday announced a worldwide campaign to celebrate two centuries of publishing, with a website hc.com/200 showcasing HarperCollins’ history and influence on readers of all ages, preferences and nationalities as the centrepiece of those celebrations. HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray says the publisher’s goal is unchanged from...

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REVIEW Close to the Bone

February 21, 2017
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REVIEW Close to the Bone

DI Logan McRae has a lot on his plate. His girlfriend is lying in hospital, he is living in a caravan park because his flat has blown up, a local criminal godfather type is wanting his help and, to top it all off, there seems to be a psycho murderer on the loose. A...

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REVIEW The Taming of the Tights

February 20, 2017
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REVIEW The Taming of the Tights

This completes a trilogy about the narrator Tallulah Casey, following Withering Tights and A Midsummer Tights Dream. Lullah attends some sort of drama school in the small village of Heckmondwike near Skipley in Yorkshire. I’m not sure about the significance of the name of the school, Dother Hall, but it does sound rather Dickensian....

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Brutality enjoyed in Oz re-imagining

May 21, 2016
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Brutality enjoyed in Oz re-imagining

Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige (HarperCollins, RRP $20): The Dorothy that landed in Oz and met the Scarecrow, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion must be killed. But why would anyone want to kill Dorothy? She’s good right? Well, no, she’s not. At least not in the world that Danielle Paige has...

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A bit saggy but still a good read

April 1, 2016
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A bit saggy but still a good read

Innocence, by Dean Koontz (HarperCollins, RRP $35): Addison Goodheart lives below the city, out of sight of people whose first impulse if they see his face is to try to commit violence. Addison reads, and lives quietly, and goes up into the city at night, when the world is quiet. He’s in the library...

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Gory, dark but compelling

March 1, 2016
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Gory, dark but compelling

A Song for the Dying, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins, RRP $35): Scottish author Stuart MacBride has delivered yet another gritty, gruesome and somewhat uncomfortable murder mystery in A Song for the Dying. Detective Inspector Ash Henderson was on the trail of a brutal killer dubbed “the Inside Man”, who abducted and killed four women,...

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Imagination fills gaps in story of James Cook

June 20, 2015
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Imagination fills gaps in story of James Cook

The Secret Life of James Cook, by Graeme Lay (HarperCollins, RRP $37): The premise for The Secret Life of James Cook sounds a bit naff. A fictionalised account of the famous navigator’s early life up to his first circumnavigation, based on letters to his patient wife . . . who actually destroyed the letters...

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Good pace in author’s first novel

April 17, 2015
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Good pace in author’s first novel

A Necklace of Souls, by R L Stedman (HarperCollins, RRP $25): Dana is a princess in the hidden Kingdom of the Rose, a sheltered, magical land that allows no war or disease to penetrate its borders. Protected by the Guardian – always a woman of the royal family who pays a terrible price –...

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French idioms … and bidets

April 8, 2015
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French idioms … and bidets

The Eat Horses Don’t They? The Truth About the French by Piu Marie Eatwell (HarperCollins, RRP $37): Have you ever wondered what life in France is really like? Is it all garlic and fabulousness? Berets and croissants? What do they do with bidets? Do they really eat horses? In this quirky little book, Piu Marie Eatwell reveals the truth behinds 45 myths about France and its citizens. The...

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The good, the bad, and the fun

January 11, 2015
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The good, the bad, and the fun

Awful Auntie, by David Walliams (HarperCollins, RRP $24.99): Comedian David Walliams continues to show just what a talent he is in the world of children’s literature with his latest offering, Awful Auntie. We hear so much about the young-adult fiction genre these days, on the back of the likes of Suzanne Collins (the Hunger...

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