Five-and-a-half-year-old girl climbs 5 forts in a day, sets world record

Mr. Bhoir said, “Harshiti had trekked up all these forts at least once on different days before attempting the world record. We planned to cover seven forts, but we dropped three to cut down on travel time. The road trip, climb and descent were videographed. Eight hours of raw footage was sent to the adjudicators […]

‘We couldn’t handle the pressure’: Jhulan Goswami says Team India lost the 2017 Women’s World Cup final in the last 10 overs

She reminisced about her memories and regrets from the journey and said, “It was a huge achievement to play in front of a full house at Lords in the final. We started the World Cup on a high note. It was an absolute team effort from the very beginning. Whether you speak about Smriti Mandhana, […]

‘I literally weep’: anguish as New Zealand’s National Library culls 600,000 books

Some 625,000 books are now in the process of being “rehomed”, as the library puts it, but the mass cull has caused despair among the country’s academics, historians, researchers and scholars, who say a literary crime is taking place in a year when many New Zealanders are distracted by the global pandemic.

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor – review

There is considerable irony in the fact that BP should be the principal sponsor of exhibitions at the British Museum. At a time when the company’s own reputation is filthy black with spilt oil, the hard-nosed businessmen responsible for scouring it clean could do worse than look to the example of a softly spoken public […]

Like Christmas: New Zealand’s post-Covid books boom

Auē, winner of the Ockham award, remains the best-selling New Zealand novel, according to Nielsen; with Shayne Carter’s memoir and Elizabeth Knox’s The Absolute Book remaining popular, as well as older New Zealand classics such as Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.

Eat, Pray, Love author nominated for £30,000 Wellcome book prize

“The Wellcome book prize highlights the importance of literature in connecting medicine, life and art,” said Motion, who was joined by authors Lisa Appignanesi and James Runcie, journalist Hadley Freeman and scientist Michael Mosley on the judging panel. “[The six shortlisted titles] range from frightening tales of ‘inconvenient’ Victorians to the strange world of hallucinations; […]

Cat Deeley’s book of joy

Bedtime story sessions in the Deeley-Kielty home in Los Angeles are special. Cat Deeley, the So You Think You Can Dance host (since 2006) reads ‘everything and anything’ to their two sons Milo (4) and James (2) — from information on the cornflakes box and encyclopaedias on dinosaurs to classics like Peter Rabbit and the […]

Wellcome book prize goes to Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree

Motion said that the greatest strength of Solomon’s winning title was “to combine proper scholarly objectivity with a sense of intimate connection – and to do so in ways that allow for the creation of distinct categories and clear conclusions, while at the same time admitting contradictions and exceptions. It is, in other words, a […]

Henrietta Lacks’s legacy lives on as Rebecca Skloot wins medical book prize

This was the second year of the Wellcome Trust book prize, which is open to both fiction and non-fiction on the theme of health and medicine. Also shortlisted for the award were Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks, an account of his struggle with a crippling prostate problem and Medic: Saving Lives from […]

Trump knew exactly how serious Covid-19 is, but downplayed it: Book

“And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu,” he said in the interview, which was released on Wednesday and aired by news channels. “This is deadly stuff.”