The Book Initiative: New book swap scheme in Abu Dhabi

The Book Initiative by Deerfields Townsquare and The Book Shelter. Deerfields Townsquare and The Book Shelter have collaborated to bring to you The Book Initiative. The Book Initiative’s sole vision is to promote reading and self-education within a community. You can drop all your old books in our Book Donations Box located at the mall, […] [...more]

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Kamal Abdel Malek, the Arab Spring, literature & the lure of fiction

Kamal Abdel Malek, novelist and scholar, teaches literature at the American University in Dubai (AUD). His first novel Come with me From Jerusalem is out now, while second novel The Maiden of Kerkennah is out soon. Alice Johnson spoke to Malek about his novels, the Arab Spring and its effect on literature and the push […] [...more]

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Ahmed Mourad’s ‘Vertigo’ Serialised for TV

Ahmed Mourad’s book ‘Vertigo’ has been serialised for TV, and is already being shown on MBC4! Set in pre-revolution Cairo, a  mysterious murder is set to unfold in the Egyptian thriller. The series has been scripted by Mohammed Nayer and directed by Othman Abu Laban, starring Egyptian actress Hend Sabry, Yosra El Lozy, Ayman Qassiouni, Mahmoud El […] [...more]

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Mark Billingham Decodes the Deadly Side of Dinner Parties: Crime Writing

Published in The National, 22nd August 2012. Mark Billingham’s latest stand-alone novel Rush of Blood weaves the tale of a missing girl on holiday with murder, intrigue and suspense. The best-selling author of the Thorne detective series talks to Alice Johnson about where he stands on the crime genre. Why did you decide to write […] [...more]

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Autumn book releases 2012

Some great titles are set to be released in the next couple of months – let’s hope they live up to the hype! Here are my top fiction choices to watch out for this Autumn/fall. August: Mark Billingham’s latest tale of murder and mystery is a great read. Anyone who’s read a Thorne novel will […] [...more]

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Crime & Conundrum: Zoe Ferraris & the Saudi CSI

By Alice Johnson Published in The National 4th July, 2012 When 19 bodies are found buried in the desert, the female Saudi CSI Katya has to deal with more than just finding the killer in Kingdom of Strangers, the latest crime novel by Zoe Ferraris. We talked to the three-time author about Saudi Arabia and […] [...more]

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Before they were published…

Ever wondered what your favourite authors did before their books hit the shelves? Here’s a top-10 of the best and most random. 10) D H Lawrence: Junior Clerk, surgical appliances factory (1901) At Number 10 it’s D H Lawrence, author of the once-banned Lady Chatterley’s Lover. A surgical appliances factory indeed! Not very author-like. DH […] [...more]

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Countdown to Solitary Confinement

When I transformed myself into a freelance writer last September, it was with the intention of having enough time to EVENTUALLY finish my first crime novel. 10-years in the making, the epic saga has been left in a dusty drawer, sadly neglected and ignored. I did make some good progress last year and managed to […] [...more]

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A lovely evening with crime writer Peter James

Spent a lovely evening last night at the Emirates Literature Festival event with the very witty crime-writer Peter James. The evening was held in the Lit Fest’s new ‘Literary Square’ in Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, and it’s lovely! It’s great to be able to sit outside in the balmy evening warmth now the heat of the […] [...more]

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