• Tue
  • Oct 21, 2014
  • Updated: 7:38pm

As the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth approaches, Gary Jones assesses the Welsh poet's legacy andlooks at a bid to bring his words to the mainland.

20 Oct 2014 - 10:45am

Narrator exposes whole cloth of self delusion as family ties unravel in David Nicholls' latest novel, writes James Kidd.

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53pm

Grande dame of fashion, co-founder of punk, outspoken campaigner - Vivienne Westwood has seen it all. But at 73, the British designer wants to set the record straight.

20 Oct 2014 - 9:15pm

Before the Nazis invaded Poland, the second world war began in China. Yet, largely thanks to factional complexity, little about the East Asian part of the conflict is known overseas, notes...

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53pm

Have there ever been coppers like the trio in Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman?

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53pm

The Hong Kong Writers Circle's annual short-story books have been well-edited, entertaining and have introduced several local authors.

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53pm

A book which aims to teach university students the basics of calculus by integrating maths lessons with a story about a zombie attack may seem a ridiculous idea, but Zombies & Calculus by...

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53pm


Today's Poll

  • Yes: 13%
  • No: 87%
21 Oct 2014
  • Yes
  • No
Total number of votes recorded: 578

You’ll either see the quests Chris Guillebeau writes about as futile or life changing. Sparked by his selfimposed challenge to visit every country in the world, this book explores the goals people...

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53pm

Australian writer Richard Flanagan has won the Booker Prize with a visceral book about wartime brutality and its aftermath - a novel the head of the judging team said was as powerful as a kick in...

16 Oct 2014 - 6:28pm

James Kidd looks at the bookies' odds for the six novels on the Man Booker shortlist and puts his money down.

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

As the words taunt, "You're not looking at the pictures of the car. Did you really look? You wanna see inside?", the reader is drawn to a slideshow of photos. The images show red stains on grubby...

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

In their day, Scottish traders William Jardine and James Matheson were seen by the Chinese as "barbarians" - predatory invaders peddling "foreign mud": that is, opium.

11 Oct 2014 - 11:05pm

The title piece of Paul Theroux's new short story collection, Mr Bones, is a son's account of the conflicted time in the early 1950s when his father began practising for the role of a black man in...

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

The default footballer's style now is such that unless at least 75 per cent of your body is tattooed and your hair is a deadly weapon, you don't get picked.

14 Oct 2014 - 12:39am

As any parent knows, the siren song of the stationer is crack for kids, with its smorgasbord of potential impulse purchases. Even adults can get caught up, tapping a sentimental vein as we hunt...

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

Jeffrey Rothfeder has written eight books, including the well-received 2007 profile McIlhenny's Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire.

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is one of those transcendental novels that manages to be children's book, adult fable, horror story and modern myth all at once.

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

Silent Witness and other forensic pathology dramas may have made autopsies interesting, but they’re fictional. Working Stiff, by Dr Judy Melinek, contains true-life stories, which makes some of...

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

Spoiler alert: don't read on if you intend to read The Mill on the Floss. You've been warned: the two main characters, Maggie Tulliver and brother Tom, drown in each other's arms in the swollen...

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52pm

Hong Kong has been the dramatic backdrop for bestselling books and films; now it has also served as the exotic setting for a series of lesbian erotic romance novellas.

7 Oct 2014 - 10:22am

A new book claims Thailand's elite has long manipulated the monarchy for its own gains, leaving ordinary Thais out in the cold, writes David Eimer.

4 Oct 2014 - 11:16pm

Indian novelist Vikram Chandra was 12 years old when he wrote his first work of published fiction - a sci-fi story that appeared in the student magazine of his boarding school in India.

4 Oct 2014 - 11:24pm

Francis Bacon's perversity is part of the attraction of his art, as is the terrifying realism that lies behind the tricks and tactics of his work. Few have been so insistent in their belief that...

4 Oct 2014 - 11:27pm

China's touted rise to the top of the world education ladder has been declared a "Sputnik Moment" for the US - the nation must learn from China to maintain American status as a scholastic leader...

4 Oct 2014 - 11:16pm

"I did not want to be an 'Asia hand', forever explaining the manners and mores of countries about which most of my readers would know even less than I did," Ian Buruma writes in this collection of...

6 Oct 2014 - 9:23pm

If there's one thing Roddy Doyle does brilliantly, it's dialogue. All his novels - from the Booker-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha through the Barrytown Trilogy (which includes The Commitments) to...

4 Oct 2014 - 11:16pm

The first thing I look for in a travel guidebook is how it describes places that I know well. If it's good, it will recommend some of the sites, restaurants and activities I send my friends to,...

4 Oct 2014 - 11:16pm


SCMP.com Account