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27 Must-Read Books for Getting Ahead in Business and Life

Whether you flip pages, tap an e-reader, or listen to audio, these inspiring titles are worth your attention.<p>Whether you flip pages, tap an e-reader or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect companion, relaxation aid or source of inspiration. Check out these quotes from more than two dozen …

More ugly warning signs are popping up in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi economy grew by just 1.5% in the first quarter compared with the year before — its slowest rate since 2013.<p>And while the oil sector grew by 5.1% year-over-year, the non-oil sector <i>shrank</i> by 0.7% — its weakest reading in at least five years.<p>Moreover, output in the construction sector shrank …

The Not the Booker prize 2016 shortlist revealed: time to get reading!

Our longlist of 147 contenders has now been narrowed to six novels, all of them from indie publishers. Now help us choose the winner<p>The votes are in – record number of them. More than 1,500 have been cast in this year’s competition. That’s impressive enough in itself – but even more so when you …

Saudi Arabia's banks ‘have enough cash’

KSA becomes member of ACSAD’s executive council<p>The meetings discussed issues related to works and activities of the center, as well as the joint Arab …

100 Must-Read Mystery & Crime Novels Around the World

This installment of the 100 Must-Read list is sponsored by the <b>Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series</b> by Warren Adler.<p>The Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series …

The 21 greatest travel books of all time

From the classics to more modern stories, there are plenty of travel books out there to feed your wanderlust.<p>We've rounded up some of the best ones out there, written by authors who have traveled across America, Africa, Asia, and more.

Clare Mackintosh wins Crime Novel of the Year award

<b>A former police officer's debut novel has won the £3,000 main prize at one of the UK's top crime-writing festivals.</b><p>Clare Mackintosh said it was "a dream come true" to see I Let You Go named best crime novel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.<p>She beat five authors, including Robert …

Foreign Office retracts statements to MPs on Saudi campaign in Yemen

Government says incorrect statements do not indicate an attempt to mislead, and other statements made clear its position<p>The UK government has been forced to retract numerous written and oral statements to parliament which said ministers had assessed that Saudi Arabia was not in breach of …

Reading Roald Dahl for the first time as an adult - a whizz-bang trip to childhood

Realising that I’d never actually read Roald Dahl’s books, I decided to catch up – and discovered a world of wild wordplay and reassuringly contained terror<p>I grew up with Roald Dahl, just like everyone else. I knew what an Oompa Loompa was, I loved Matilda, I was terrified of The Witches and …

8 of America's most prestigious private schools make students read these books during summer

It's a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you've always meant to start.<p>But students at America's most prestigious private schools must still endure the rigors of homework during their summer vacations with a …

Developing Crowdfunding Ecosystems In The Middle East

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>For most founders and CEOs, raising money for their startups is never fun. “Fundraising is hard,” notes Paul Graham, cofounder of Y Combinator. …

Doodling with Dr Seuss: how the cat got his hat

A new exhibition shows the way Dr Seuss's madcap style grew out of rough typed drafts and effervescent drawings<p>The world of author and illustrator Dr Seuss is one in which nothing and everything makes sense. It’s a place of strange cats invading homes and causing havoc, of authoritarian turtle …

Touch of Kafka: A Starter Guide to Jesse Ball’s Fiction

Jesse Ball’s fiction is frequently surreal, often structurally inventive, and boldly singular. Though his work is frequently acclaimed — his novel <i>A Cure for Suicide</i> was on the 2015 National Book Award longlist for fiction — he rarely repeats himself.<p>Ball is often fond of structural experimentation …

Books

The Girl Who Drank the Moon: Read part two of Kelly Barnhill's prequel

On Wednesday, we brought you Part One of Kelly Barnhill’s magical prequel to her forthcoming middle grade novel, <i>The Girl Who Drank the Moon,</i> and now, …

Daniel Silva's THE BLACK WIDOW Is a Literary Powder Keg

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper<p>THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva<p>Daniel Silva's latest novel THE BLACK WIDOW required me to go to my Thesaurus and search for new adjectives with which to extol its virtues. Having reviewed books by Mr. Silva for over a decade I have simply run out of words and phrases …

Top 10 novels about deranged killers

From Norman Bates to Hannibal Lecter, murderous bogeymen exercise an enduring grip on readers’ imaginations. These are some of the best, and most frightening<p>Nearly six decades after its original publication, Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho remains the progenitor and touchstone of all the deranged …

Brad Watson - Miss Jane - Book Review

Miss Jane<p>By Brad Watson<p>Norton<br>$25.95<br>ISBN 9780393241730<br>Published 07/12/2016<p>Fiction / Literary Fiction<p>Buy the book<p>Trending Book Reviews<p>Goodbye, Sweet …

Hint Water's A Hit: Drink Brand Born In Kitchen Will Do $90M Sales In 2016

The most successful ventures often begin as solutions to an entrepreneur’s own problem. Sara Blakely started Spanx when she couldn’t find the right undergarment to wear with white pants. Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company after suffering an allergic reaction to baby detergent. (Both are now …

Carney boosts UK banks, US surpasses Saudi Arabia in oil reserves, the Generation X report card | Financial Times

<b>Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here</b><p>Bank of England governor Mark Carney on Tuesday cited a “challenging” outlook for financial stability and …

Lauren Groff: How two novels became one, 'in the shape of a marriage'

The author explains how she turned two stories, a wife’s and a husband’s, into the single book that became President Obama’s favourite of 2015<p>Until Fates and Furies, my books had been sparked by an urgent need to force something wild and inchoate in me into focus. The spark of Fates and Furies came …

Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell - review

‘This is a lovely story, the sort you would read while toasting marshmallows around the campfire, spooking and teasing your friends’<p>This is a lovely story, the sort you would read while toasting marshmallows around the campfire, spooking and teasing your friends.<p>The main character is a little kind …

After Agatha Christie … female crime writers delve deep into women’s worst fears

As Hollywood brings out two biopics of Agatha Christie, we examine the rise of ‘domestic suspense’ thrillers<p>From Raymond Chandler’s mean streets to Lee Child’s hardboiled tales of revenge, crime fiction has often been the preserve of lone men battling betrayal and seeking justice. In recent years, …

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Saudi Arabia 'alarmed and outraged' by rights groups' criticism

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Thursday said it was “alarmed and outraged” by a call from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for the kingdom to be suspended from the U.N. Human Rights Council until a Saudi-led military coalition stops killing civilians in Yemen.<p>Workers inspect …

John Scalzi says listen to your teacher: The Great American Novel is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Asking a bunch of literate people about the Great American Novel is an open invitation for us all to show off and make cogent, compelling arguments about the importance of [insert a favorite novel here] in the canon of American literature, regardless of whether anyone outside our small circle of …

Every Banker in the World Is Chasing the Saudi Aramco Deal

When news broke in January that Saudi Arabia was considering an initial public offering of its state-owned oil company, the first reaction on Wall …

'Burn What Will Burn': suspenseful, hard-boiled crime novel

"Burn What Will Burn" (Minotaur), by CB McKenzieAfter his wife drowns in a bathtub, a death in which he may have been complicit, Bob Reynolds …

Franchise of the Day: The Name of This Franchise Was Inspired by True Love

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether in love or not, nothing’s better on a hot summer day than the chance to cool off, especially when Italian Ice is involved.<p>So, in 1984, Bob Tumolo, a former firefighter, opened an Italian ice store and named it after his wife Rita. …

Israeli official praises Saudi king for stance on Iran, economy

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel’s top intelligence official offered Saudi Arabia rare public praise on Wednesday for what he deemed its efforts, under King Salman, to lead “pragmatic” Sunni Muslim states confronting Iran and to overhaul Riyadh’s oil-dependent economy.<p>Saudi Arabia's King Salman …

Mind in the Making

• <b>Author:</b> Ellen Galinsky<p>“Ellen Galinsky—already the go-to person on interaction between families and the workplace—draws on fresh research to explain what we ought to be teaching our children. This is must-reading for everyone who cares about America’s fate in the 21st century.”<br>— Judy Woodruff, …

Expect a wave of privatisation in energy

In strong contrast to the previous downturns in the energy market the sharp falls in prices seen over the last two years have not triggered a wave of …