Tag: Bloomsbury

Nir Eyal | Indistractable: How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Editor | Non-fiction What would life look like if we followed through on our intentions? A former Stanford lecturer and behavioural designer, Nir Eyal spent over a decade researching the psychology behind habit-forming products. The result was his international bestseller, Hooked. Now, the man who identified the habit has delivered the cure. Eyal describes how

Preet Bharara tells his tale of Doing Justice

Editor | Non-fiction For eight years Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, successfully prosecuted some of the most high-profile crimes in America. Along the way he gained notoriety as the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’, was banned from Russia by Vladimir Putin and earned the distinction of being one of

Can you die of a broken heart?

Editor | Non-fiction When actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, the world diagnosed it as ‘heartbreak’. But what’s the evidence? Does emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or chocolate, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men, when they

In Pastoralia, Saunders offers a skewed version of modern America

Editor | Literary Fiction Thomas Pynchon has described George Saunders “is an astoundingly tuned voice ­ graceful, dark, authentic and funny ­ telling just the kind of stories we need to get us through these times.” In Pastoralia (Bloomsbury, Price Rs 499) elements of contemporary life are twisted, merged and amplified into a slightly skewed version of modern America. A couple live and work in a caveman

Books For You: The Brain-Dead Megaphone | George Saunders

Editor | Non-Fiction Here is a hilarious and incisive collection of essays from George Saunders, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the 2017 Man Booker Prize winner Lincoln in the Bardo. In The Brain-Dead Megaphone (Bloomsbury, Rs Price 499), his first collection of essays, Saunders trains his eye on the real world

Books Fr You: To Obama (With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair)

Editor | Non-fiction Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. This is the story of how they shaped his presidency. Together they reveal the diary of a nation. In To Obama (Bloomsbury, Pages 416, Price Rs 499) Jeanne Marie

Mohammed Hanif returns with Red Birds

An American pilot crash lands in the desert and takes refuge in the very camp he was supposed to bomb. Hallucinating palm trees and worrying about dehydrating to death isn’t what Major Ellie expected from this mission. Still, it’s an improvement on the constant squabbles with his wife back home. In the camp, teenager Momo’s money­making schemes are failing. His brother left for his first day at

Patrick deWitt prepares for French Exit

By A Staff Writer French Exit is the new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Sisters Brothers. Frances Price – tart widow, possessive mother and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s their cat, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late

We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama

We have been given the first partial, though still substantive, look at Obama’s words, and it is a political partisan’s dream to see them so finely gathered here, says Washington Post about this book. We Are the Change We Seek (Bloomsbury, Price Rs 399) is a collection of Barack Obama’s greatest addresses, beginning with his 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War and closing with his emotional farewell address in Chicago in January 2017. As president, Obama’s words had the power