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<b>NON-FICTION </b><br><br><b>Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography </b><br><br><b>By Lesley-Ann Jones </b><br><br><b>Hachette, 384 pages </b><br><br><b>Best Price: Rs 381 (36% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>This is a biography of rock star Freddie Mercury. Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar, moved to Bombay and then to England before becoming one of the outstanding popular musicians of all time. His voice could soar through four octaves, his writing was brilliant and his short life complex. This book, written without interviewing any of Freddie's three surviving Queen bandmates, fails to capture his music, dwells excessively on his gay sex life and often becomes a hodgepodge of names and trivia that's hard to keep track of. Only for fans who've already read the excellent bio by Peter Freestone.

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November 26, 2011


NON-FICTION

Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography

By Lesley-Ann Jones

Hachette, 384 pages

Best Price: Rs 381 (36% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

This is a biography of rock star Freddie Mercury. Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar, moved to Bombay and then to England before becoming one of the outstanding popular musicians of all time. His voice could soar through four octaves, his writing was brilliant and his short life complex. This book, written without interviewing any of Freddie's three surviving Queen bandmates, fails to capture his music, dwells excessively on his gay sex life and often becomes a hodgepodge of names and trivia that's hard to keep track of. Only for fans who've already read the excellent bio by Peter Freestone.

<b>BUSINESS </b><br><br><b>Inside Coca-Cola </b><br><br><b>By Neville Isdell with David Beasley </b><br><br><b>St Martin's Press, 254 pages </b><br><br><b>Best Price: Rs 314 (37% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>Neville Isdell started off as a young man working for a small Coca-Cola bottler in Zambia. He retired in 2009 as the chairman of Coca-Cola. This book is a vivid personal account of the 40-year long journey that whizzes from South Africa, Australia, Philippines, Germany, India, West Asia and finally Atlanta. It's all there - the secret formula of Coke (still unrevealed!), getting thrown out of India, the constant battle with Pepsi, breaking into the East European market after the fall of the Berlin Wall and how Coke has fought to become the most popular brand in the world.

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November 26, 2011


BUSINESS

Inside Coca-Cola

By Neville Isdell with David Beasley

St Martin's Press, 254 pages

Best Price: Rs 314 (37% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

Neville Isdell started off as a young man working for a small Coca-Cola bottler in Zambia. He retired in 2009 as the chairman of Coca-Cola. This book is a vivid personal account of the 40-year long journey that whizzes from South Africa, Australia, Philippines, Germany, India, West Asia and finally Atlanta. It's all there - the secret formula of Coke (still unrevealed!), getting thrown out of India, the constant battle with Pepsi, breaking into the East European market after the fall of the Berlin Wall and how Coke has fought to become the most popular brand in the world.

<b>THRILLER </b><br><br><b>The Fifth Witness </b><br><br><b>By Michael Connelly </b><br><br><b>Orion Books, 448 pages </b><br><br><b>Best Price: Rs 224 (36% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>The impact of the economic downturn on the legal profession forms the backdrop of the latest thriller from Michael Connelly. The practice of defence attorney Mickey Haller shifts from keeping clients out of jail to keeping a roof over their heads, as the foreclosure boom hits thousands of people who had been granted unrealistic mortgages. After he has managed to stop the bank from taking Lisa Trammel's house, its CEO is found dead and she is about to be indicted for murder. Mickey discovers startling truths about Lisa and about himself in the course of the trial.

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November 26, 2011


THRILLER

The Fifth Witness

By Michael Connelly

Orion Books, 448 pages

Best Price: Rs 224 (36% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

The impact of the economic downturn on the legal profession forms the backdrop of the latest thriller from Michael Connelly. The practice of defence attorney Mickey Haller shifts from keeping clients out of jail to keeping a roof over their heads, as the foreclosure boom hits thousands of people who had been granted unrealistic mortgages. After he has managed to stop the bank from taking Lisa Trammel's house, its CEO is found dead and she is about to be indicted for murder. Mickey discovers startling truths about Lisa and about himself in the course of the trial.

<b>MEMOIRS </b><br><br><b>Late for Tea at the Deer Palace </b><br><br><b>By Tamara Chalabi </b><br><br><b>HarperCollins, 388 pages </b><br><br><b>Best Price: Rs 299 (25% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>Iraq has a turbulent history, one that spans centuries. The Chalabis are one of the best known families in that country, connected with the ruling dynasty and the national government in positions of enormous power and influence. Tamara Chalabi, who lives in London and Istanbul, writes about going back to her ancestral roots, rediscovering for herself a time that is past but still colours the present. It is a different kind of life, where the arrogance of a past had to yield to the practicality of the present. Not just a memoir, this is a historical record worth reading.

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November 26, 2011


MEMOIRS

Late for Tea at the Deer Palace

By Tamara Chalabi

HarperCollins, 388 pages

Best Price: Rs 299 (25% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

Iraq has a turbulent history, one that spans centuries. The Chalabis are one of the best known families in that country, connected with the ruling dynasty and the national government in positions of enormous power and influence. Tamara Chalabi, who lives in London and Istanbul, writes about going back to her ancestral roots, rediscovering for herself a time that is past but still colours the present. It is a different kind of life, where the arrogance of a past had to yield to the practicality of the present. Not just a memoir, this is a historical record worth reading.

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