1. THE HUSBAND
by Dean Koontz
A man whose wife has been kidnapped has 60 hours to come up with a huge ransom.
2. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Sara Gruen
A young man — and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus.
3. THE ROAD
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and son travel in post-apocalypse America.
4. THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER
by Kim Edwards
A doctor's decision to secretly send his newborn daughter, who has Down syndrome, to an institution haunts everyone involved.
5. THE FIFTH HORSEMAN
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club investigate unexplained deaths at a San Francisco hospital.
6. SUITE FRANCAISE
by Irene Nemirovsky
Two novellas, which came to light more than 50 years after the author's death, about life in France under the Nazis.
7. SUSANNAH'S GARDEN
by Debbie Macomber
A woman returns to her hometown and re-examines the troubling events of her past.
8. THE KITE RUNNER
by Khaled Hosseini
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared.
9. COVER OF NIGHT
by Linda Howard
A young widow fights back when intruders storm her bed-and-breakfast in rural Idaho.
10. DEAD WATCH
by John Sandford
A political operative investigates the murder of a former senator.
11. TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE
by Mary Higgins Clark
A small girl communicates telepathically with her kidnapped twin.
12. THE BOOK OF FATE
by Brad Meltzer
The apparent murder of a presidential aide reveals Masonic secrets in Washington and a 200-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson.
13. THE ALCHEMIST
by Paulo Coelho
A tale about the lessons a Spanish shepherd boy learns during his travels to Egypt in search of treasure.
March 23 to March 29 Yeh Shan’s (葉珊) prolific writing career came to an abrupt end in 1971 after publishing his poetry collection Legend (傳說). When he reemerged two years later at the age of 32 with the essay Annual Ring (年輪), he had become Yang Mu (楊牧). Yang foreshadowed Yeh’s demise in the foreword to Legend: “These past five years have been a rare confirmation that not even for a moment have I been able to persist with one style, one perspective and one technique; instead, amidst constant change, I’ve never stopped rejecting, denying and destroying my past
With most of his village preferring to converse in Mandarin, opportunities are scant for 81-year-old Kacaw to use his mother language of Amis. But things are changing in his household — one day the family was having an animated discussion when his plucky four-year-old granddaughter Nikal bursts into the room: “You should talk in the mother tongue,” she tells them loudly in Amis. Another time, Nikal’s uncle Yosifu, a well-known artist, overheard her arguing with her grandmother over rights to the television remote — “in our mother tongue,” he tells me excitedly. “With such visible change, I can see hope
British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor , 66, is mounting his largest-ever UK exhibition of outdoor sculpture at Houghton Hall in Norfolk from late this month, including his famous Sky Mirror, a five-meter stainless steel disc that turns the world around it upside down. Sarah Crompton: What kind of things did you want to show at Houghton Hall? Anish Kapoor: It’s one of the great houses of England, with a great history, and extensive grounds. I decided the stone works that I’ve made over the past 25 years, and I’ve never shown in the UK before, would sit quite well there. Then it
Deaths, economic meltdown and a planet on lockdown: the coronavirus pandemic has brought us waves of bad news, but squint and you might just see a few bright spots. From better hygiene that has reduced other infectious diseases to people reaching out as they self-isolate, here are some slivers of silver linings during a bleak moment. WASH YOUR HANDS! The message from health professionals has been clear from the start of the outbreak: wash your hands. Everyone from celebrities to politicians has had a go at demonstrating correct technique — including singing Happy Birthday twice through to make sure you scrub long enough, and