Pakistan’s Karachi Book Fair attendance sets new record. But no, not six million. Try 600,000

The Karachi International Book Fair has just wound up, and as expected, a record number of visitors attended. Pakistan’s The Nation is reporting that six million people attended, up on five million last year. Hmmm. I think someone on The Nation’s staff needs a numeracy lesson. Six million visitors would make the Karachi Book Fair Read More …

Austenistan – the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan’s new anthology reminds us of Austen’s universal appeal

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we in the west can’t get enough Jane Austen. But what about elsewhere in the world? The Bollywood-style movie Bride and Prejudice no doubt springs to mind, but as the term Bollywood-style suggests, the film wasn’t actual made in India. But given the social parallels between Regency England Read More …