Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Hitchhiker at a Book Club: If the idea of the "Big Read" was to get the British public reading books they otherwise wouldn't have, it certainly succeeded, says correspondent Mark Rice-Oxley. "My wife's book club normally feasts on a diet of modern female authors treating delicate contemporary issues," he says.

Then along came the survey of Britain's most popular novels (page 1). "Suddenly, they're all giggling away at the bizarre science fiction of Douglas Adams in 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.' It was so popular that they all confessed to reading bits aloud to their partners. And it got one of the highest scores their book club has ever recorded," says Mark. Will there be a book - or a DVD - under the Christmas tree for his wife? Mark says it will be a book ("not one about hobbits or Harry Potter," he says), but he won't reveal the title. His wife reads this column.

* Reporters as Refugees: The economic and political turmoil in Zimbabwe does not stop at the border (this page), notes staff writer Abraham McLaughlin in Johannesburg. …

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