Compiled by Rosie Milne
Hong Konger Kris Webb has just signed a contract for the US release of Sacking The Stork, the novel she wrote with her sister, Kathy Wilson. No release date has been set for the story of modern motherhood, but Webb has plenty of time. The Australian mother of two toddlers is within days of handing in the manuscript of her second book, Inheriting Jack. The sisters - Wilson is mum to a two-year-old - tell of a single, working mum who becomes the adoptive parent of an 18-month-old after her best friend dies. Inheriting Jack is due to be released by Pan MacMillan in March.
Documentary filmmaker Sun Shuyun travelled alone for almost a year through China, East Asia and India tracing the journey of the Tang dynasty monk, Xuanzang, 1,300 years ago. Sun's book, Ten Thousand Miles Without A Cloud, is a moving account of an historical, cultural and spiritual journey to discover ancient and modern China and to come to terms with the impact of the Cultural Revolution on her family.
See the China page in today's Review for details on the South China Morning Post's reception for Sun at the China Tee Club on Thursday evening. She will read from the book and take questions.
The director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival has accused Britain's publishing industry of leaving readers ignorant of intellectual debate in the rest of the world. Catherine Lockerbie said the industry was not doing enough to convey the thoughts and opinions of other countries' writers. 'Publishing in this country is parochial,' the Independent quoted her as saying. 'We don't publish enough translated works. More often than not we don't know what they [foreigners] are reading, or what they're writing, so we don't know what they're thinking.'
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest was set up to celebrate appalling openings to novels. The Times in London reports the 2003 winner is Mariann Simms, whose bid for infamy begins: 'They had but one last remaining night together, so they embraced each other as tightly as that two-flavour entwined string cheese that is orange and yellowish-white, the orange probably being a bland cheddar and the white mozzarella, although it could possibly be Provolone.'