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SCMP's Life section takes a broad view of culture and covers issues including the environment, community affairs and human interest stories. Mondays are dedicated to Fashion, Health and Education. Tuesdays focus on Fitness and Wellbeing, Arts and Entertainment, and Family. Fridays cover Food and Wine, Technology and Design and Luxury.  

e- and audiobook reviews: Fiction

Lisa See's novels lend themselves easily to audiobook. Her stories are exhaustively researched, atmospheric, filled with strong, rounded characters, and absorbing - a combination of historical fiction and soap opera.

Sunday, 17 August, 2014, 8:02am

Book review: The Slaughter, by Ethan Gutmann

Pity anyone who enters China's penal system for any reason. Even "prisoners of conscience" - Uygurs, Tibetans, Christians and Falun Gong members - are systematically slaughtered inside, according to investigator Ethan Gutmann, whose expose rests on interviews with top police officials, doctors who have killed captives on the operating table, and torture survivors including "Lotus".

17 Aug 2014 - 8:02am

e- and audiobook reviews: Non-Fiction

When the countdown began for the turn of the millennium, Natacha Tormey and her family expected they would be dead in seconds because the end of the world was nigh. All that happened, however, was a cheer by revellers, and deepening doubt in her mind: “The leadership had got it wrong. Again,” she writes.

17 Aug 2014 - 8:02am

Book review: The Invisible Citizens of Hong Kong, by Sophia Law Suk-mun

The power of collective memory has long provided insight into historical events, and perhaps nowhere is this better expressed than through art and narrative. Where crisis and trauma have been experienced, artworks and stories find power. Through art, the unspeakable is given voice.

17 Aug 2014 - 8:05am

Book review: Saving the Market from Capitalism, by Massimo Amato and Luca Fantacci

Despite its liquid nature the fiscal system is set in its ways - and it needs to change, say Italian economists Massimo Amato and Luca Fantacci, who address some problems buoyed by liquidity.

17 Aug 2014 - 8:02am

Book review: All-American Ads of the 40s, by Jim Heimann and W.R. Wilkerson III

The second world war saw American advertisers pitching nationalism to the public: a collective, can-do vibe that would take the country to victory. This bravado comes through in the beautiful prints and clever catch phrases in All-American Ads of the 40s, a tour of the times in this museum experience packaged in a coffee-table tome.


17 Aug 2014 - 8:02am

Book review: Good Chinese Wife, by Susan Blumberg-Kason

When Susan Blumberg-Kason sought legal help in the US to leave her Chinese husband of five years, she was told to explain the reasons for the marriage breakdown and events leading to her flight from their San Francisco home with their toddler. Her narrative covered 67 handwritten sheets of lined paper.

17 Aug 2014 - 8:02am

Natural-born killer brings grieving author back to life

Death runs like a tangled thread throughout the pages of Helen Macdonald's gripping new book, H is for Hawk, which blends her brutally honest, sometimes tortured account of dealing with grief and - in a deliberate decision to take on a challenge - her fascinating struggles to tame one of nature's most revered killers: a goshawk.

17 Aug 2014 - 8:02am

Fight star wants to knock out films' image of Asians

Fight star Cung Le wants to kick out the film industry's attitude towards Asians, writes Mathew Scott.

17 Aug 2014 - 6:25am 3 comments

The Man enjoys home comforts: Van Morrison loosens up a little in small Northern Ireland venue

Rock star Van Morrison, who easily fills stadiums, enjoys giving an occasional mini concert in his birthplace, Belfast. Randy Lewis catches him in the act.

17 Aug 2014 - 6:25am