slave to love
Fifty Shades of Grey is now the best-selling book in the UK of all time, having sold more than 5.3 million copies, according to its publisher.
At a literary lunch a couple of years ago, Sean French (the male component of Nicci French; his wife Nicci Gerrard is the other half) read out one of their reviews, a positive one. But this was no act of boastfulness: French drew attention to a line praising the duo's standalone thrillers, and thanking God that Nicci French did not write about a series character. Needless to say, that was precisely what the duo were just about to do. They appeared aware of all the possible pitfalls. French admirers gritted their teeth and hoped for the best from the new recurring heroine, psychologist Frieda Klein.
A decade ago, thousands of readers were captivated by Joanne Harris's magical tale of Vianne Rocher and her chocolate shop.
Maeve Binchy, who has died aged 72 following a short illness, was one of the most prolific and respected writers and journalists of her generation.
World-renowned writer Maeve Binchy has been remembered as a remarkable storyteller who could “touch people’s hearts and souls”. The best-selling Irish author has died aged 72 after a short illness.
The worlds of arts, politics and journalism have led tributes to Irish novelist Maeve Binchy, who has died at the age of 72.
Falling in love with
At first glance, the note in "Barry" Obama's 1979 high-school yearbook seems innocent enough. "Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times," it reads, under a black and white photograph of Obama, then just 18, playing basketball with a friend.
I spend so long on a screen at work that I don't want to resort to a screen in my free time. I love the feel and even the smell of books, the fact that you never have to plug anything in to charge and that the batteries never run out.
If you have an e-reader, here are a few summer e-books which may take your fancy:
As an avid holiday reader my Kindle has proved to be indispensable.
For all their apparent disparity, Royal biographies have much in common with Chinese takeaways.
It's the erotic publishing phenomenon that's taken the world by storm -- and it seems Northern Ireland's libraries are struggling to keep abreast.
The secret of
Ellis Hock has spent most of his life behind the counter of his family's menswear store in Medford, Massachusetts.
"hell is a city much like London," said Shelley.
Four years ago, Lehman Brothers threatened the entire global financial system. More evidence of systemic banking and moral failure emerges each week. What is to be done?
'there is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in". That celebrated quote may have been written by a profoundly English novelist, Graham Greene, but it could also serve as an epigraph to an entire sector of American fiction - beginning with Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - in which childhood is portrayed as that juncture in life when the mythic is inevitably corrupted by harsher realities.
More wine is drunk per person in the Vatican City than in any other country in the world, according to the latest statistics released by the Wine Institute.
A potato genetically modified to resist the fungus which caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845 has been developed by British scientists.
It’s the meal that made Ulster. The traditional fry up that set up millions for a day of hard work or play.
Sales of new cars in Northern Ireland are being driven in the right direction as motorists feel more confident about their finances.
An Assembly member whose brother and sister-in-law were killed by a drunk driver wants legislation for a speed limit of 20mph to be introduced for residential areas.
Thanks to some astute marketing and a very strong range of vehicles, the good folk at Kia have written one of the biggest success stories in today’s motor industry.
I didn’t get to drive my sleek little SEAT Leon FR test car very much – my girlfriend fell instantly in love with it and took control of the key at every opportunity.