Wednesday 22 January 2020

'Fifty Shades' up for 'book of year'

EL James's best-selling sensation 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' is in the running for the National Book of the Year Award.

The book has become a literary phenomenon, selling more than 5.3 million copies to become the best-selling UK book of all time. It is one of six titles nominated for popular fiction book of the year.

Apartment sells for record $60m

A Hong Kong property company has sold a luxury apartment in a Frank Gehry-designed building for an eye-popping price of nearly $60m (€47.18m).

Local property agents said it was the highest price ever paid for an apartment in the southern Chinese financial centre.

Delivery car thief dropped off food

A man who stole a car used to deliver Chinese food continued dropping off orders so he could keep the customers' money, according to police in Connecticut.

West Hartford police received a call from a Chinese food delivery driver reporting that his car had been stolen after he left it idling to run into a school.

Man ordered not to throw manure

A New Zealand court ordered an anti-monarchist yesterday to stay away from Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla after he was charged with planning to throw horse manure at the visiting royal couple.

Sam Bracanov, a 76-year-old with a history of protest against the British royal family, pleaded not guilty to preparing to commit a crime, a day after he was arrested in Auckland.

Woman runs over non-voter partner

An Arizona woman, in despair at the re-election of US President Barack Obama, ran down her husband with the family car in Phoenix on Saturday because he failed to vote in the election, police said on Monday.

Holly Solomon (28) was arrested after running over husband Daniel Solomon following a wild chase.

Art thieves pull off heist in daytime

Three men posing as an art teacher and two students stole paintings worth about $2m (€1.5m) off the walls of the Pretoria Art Museum in a brazen day-time robbery.

The three paid an entrance fee on Sunday and asked museum staff to direct them to the six works of art, which happened to be among the most valuable paintings on display.

Irish Independent

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