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According to survey results released yesterday, Ebook sales more than doubled in 2011 and were worth $2.07 billion (USA publishing industry). In 2010, Ebooks drew in $869 million, accounting for 6% of overall publishing revenues according to the data from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. The number of Ebooks […] [...more]

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By Alice Johnson Published in The National, Arts & Life, May 22, 2012 When it premieres across the world and in Dubai on Friday night, The Owner is set to break a world record for the most directors working on a single film. Created by 25 directors from more than 10 countries on five continents, […] [...more]

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Stieg Larsson’s success fuels interest in Nordic noir

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Marina Lewycka recounts the hippie commune era in latest book

Published on 9th April, 2012, in The National newspaper By Alice Johnson What was the philosophy of hippie communes in the 1960s? The spiritual communities pursued non-violent beliefs, vegetarianism with plenty of lentils, left-wing politics and often free love. However, remembering this era and its actual purpose was one of the most difficult aspects for […] [...more]

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Book Review: Taxi, by Khaled Al Khamissi

By Alice Johnson Dubai One of the only ways to get around in Cairo is by Taxi – any one of the city’s 80,000 beaten-up, smoke-filled cabs that navigate themselves around the capital’s chaotic, pot-holed streets. The hardships of life in Cairo – and indeed Egypt – are encapsulated by the city’s taxi drivers, who […] [...more]

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