September 15, 2019With shapeshifting humans, moon witches, fetish priests, devils and demons, gods and demigods, there is a stunning amount to grasp and unpack in 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' by Booker Prize-winning Jamaican author Marlon James.
August 17, 2019Tash Aw's latest novel, 'We, The Survivors', is a novel of considerable strengths, dealing with important issues that are as universal as they are local, with a strong protagonist in Ah Hock, the man who relates his life story and how he came to commit a murder.
August 3, 2019Four years ago, Booked Out columnist Sharmilla Ganesan set out to read her way through the titles in '1001 Books To Read Before You Die'. With this column she bids farewell to the adventure with a bit of help from Ursula K. Le Guin, an author she re-visits to find a new favourite.
July 17, 2019Melanie Golding's debut novel offers a gripping mixture of police procedural, folklore and horror as we follow new mother Lauren Tranter as she slowly loses her mind when her twin babies are snatched from her.
June 25, 2019As Jack Reacher searches for his roots, the big adventure he stumbles upon seems more ‘happenstance’ than usual but it still makes for the best instalment in Lee Child's popular series since 'Make Me'.
June 9, 2019Set in 18th century Victorian England, Elizabeth Macneal's debut novel, 'The Doll Factory', offers a strong period feel and sense of place, memorable main characters memorable and excellent writing.
May 12, 2019At the heart of every good story, it’s been said, is a mystery. For us in Malaysia, there is probably no mystery more haunting than that of someone walking into the thick, green, tangled depth of one of our jungles, never to be seen again.
In Carl Hoffman’s The Last Wild Men Of Borneo, the central mystery is Bruno Manser, the...
February 13, 2019Yuval Noah Harari, the bestselling author of 'Sapiens' and 'Homo Deus', offers a scintillating collection of essays on the world’s most pressing issues in his latest book '21 Lessons For The 21st Century'.
February 4, 2019In his latest book 'A People's History Of Malaysia', Dr Syed Husin Ali examines the downplayed and almost forgotten role of workers, women, students and indigenous activists in the formation and development of Malaysia.
January 31, 2019Fans of Robert Galbraith's (or rather, J.K. Rowling's) Cormoran Strike will be pleased that 'Lethal White' picks up where Career Of Evil left off with probably the most compelling aspect of the whole series – the relationship between Strike and Robin.