PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 July, 2003, 12:00am

It can't hurt to read about home while away on holiday. Best start with City Voices, a collection of post-war Hong Kong writing in English edited by Xu Xi and Mike Ingham.

Hong Kong writers Brandon Royal and Paul Strahan have just released Bars of Steel, the memoir of a teenage Filipina bar dancer in Wan Chai.

British resident Sun Shuyun is on the publicity trail with Ten Thousand Miles Without A Cloud, her story of growing up with Buddhism during the Cultural Revolution and following her Chinese hero Xuanzang's journey along the Silk Road.