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Book Review: The Prodigal Son
Colleen McCullough’s The Prodigal Son has no edge-of-the-seat moments, and too many unnecessary characters that leave many questions unanswered
Food, inspiration and the new Frommer’s
WHETHER YOU’RE PLANNING a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you’d like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there’s a travel-themed book for you. Here are a few recently published books.
Footloose 
in sunny Fiji
Get around for free in sunny Fiji, with beaches to gardens and markets
Quails in orbit: Bringing French cuisine in space
French cuisine aims for the stars, enabling astronauts 
to get better tastes in space
Book review: Gandhi Before India
Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha looks at the path trodden by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi up until the time he became the Mahatma
We’re only human — the best of offbeat 2013
Throughout the year, some events provide a bit of respite from the daily grind and remind us that human nature and failings 
are qualities shared worldwide. Here is a lighthearted selection of “offbeat” stories in 2013:
Hong Kong: City of life
Great dining, stunning hikes 
and art galore — relaxing in fast-paced Hong Kong does not need you to break stride
Tokyo —Michelin’s most gourmet capital
The Japanese capital retains its title for the seventh year running.
Asterix creator sues daughter over ‘psychologial violence’
FRENCH ILLUSTRATOR ALBERT Uderzo, co-creator of Gallic hero Asterix, said he had filed a judicial complaint against his daughter and son-in-law for “psychological violence” over a long-running legal dispute on Monday.
Way off the mark
I could have spared myself the harrowing suspense of wading through all 28 chapters and 638 pages of Karen Rose’s Did You Miss Me? (which, incidentally — no, make that incredulously, — is a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller member!), trying to feverishly figure out whether the magnum opus belonged to the genre of romantic murders or murderous romance had I but glanced at Wikipedia.
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