Nury Vittachi

Book review: The Curious Diary of Mr Jam, by Nury Vittachi

The Curious Diary of Mr Jam

For the past two decades, Nury Vittachi has made light of life. He collected readers' jokes, highlighted funny signs, and made gentle, impish asides about issues ranging from the absurdities of Hong Kong to the age of China's gerontocracy.

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Accountants show youngsters value of good financial habits

As a veteran accountant with a keen sense of social responsibility, Kenneth Lau Chak-keung is committed to educating youngsters about how to manage money well.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Literary festival's founders miffed over 10th anniversary arrangements

They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Well, the bruised egos of writers come close. The acrimony between the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and its past founders appears to be as bitter as ever.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Budding writers answer call

As of today, 322 students from 102 secondary and 220 primary schools have entered the competition for the Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2010.

The contest, organised by publisher P3, has invited students aged 14 and under for submissions using New Tales of the South China Sea as a theme.

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

You don't have to write a book, just read, Vittachi says

Central's biggest bookstore has got a little bit better looking. Bookazine in the Prince's Building hosted a reopening party on Saturday afternoon, complete with snacks, drinks and humorist Nury Vittachi (pictured) offering sage advice on how books can change lives.

'You don't even have to write one. Just reading the right books can transform your future,' Vittachi said.

27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Experience with the local press helped US writer find her voice

American academic Jessica Bellas had been in Hong Kong just 29 days when her mongrel dog ('She's a mutt called Jade') slipped down a retaining wall on a rainy day in Mid-Levels. She was too far down for an increasingly panicked Bellas to retrieve her. So she rang the police, who brought the fire brigade.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

HK$800,000 purse for works of fiction

Hong Kong-based author Nury Vittachi will head a panel of three judges who will decide the destiny of the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award. The purse of A$110,000 (HK$806,600) will be given to English-language literary fiction written for mobile phones, PDAs or computers, as well as in traditional book form. The closing date for entries is May 31.

7 May 2008 - 12:00am

Amorous action speaks louder than dull words at Bali literary festival

Writers' festivals are dull, boring events full of nebbish bookworms and four-eyed librarians who wouldn't raise their voice to a mouse, right? Wrong - at least, if Nury Vittachi is there.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Vittachi's lament: Life imitates novels

It was a weird bit of deja vu for fiction writer Nury Vittachi when he learned a billionaire had recently bought one of those gigantic new double-decker Airbus jets - the ones that carry 800 passengers and cost about US$300 million - to be his own private airborne limousine.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Online forum ponders how city has changed since Brits left

Are you stumped for an answer every time someone overseas asks: 'So, what's changed in Hong Kong since the handover?'Three local literary luminaries have decided to create a forum on the subject with a blog called

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Timothy Kaiser is a Hong Kong resident teacher and poet. His first collection, Food Court, was published in 2003. His work has been published in Canada, Britain, the US and Hong Kong.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Bookseller's bid to beat the competition

RETAILERS SELLING exactly the same products as a rival store just around the corner know all about the importance of building close customer relationships and creating an inviting environment for shoppers.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Literary Festival board ousts Vittachi amid acrimony

Prominent author Nury Vittachi has been kicked off the board of the Literary Festival, which he co-founded, after months of acrimony with other members over the administration of the event and the Man Asian Literary Prize, to be awarded for the first time this autumn.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

New year resolutions

It's time to wave 2006 goodbye and say 'Wassup!' to the new year. As we begin anew with the new 007 - the year two-007 that is - it's worthwhile to take stock of the new start and set some goals for ourselves. As motivation, we asked around for New Year resolutions and here is what some of our favourite high profile personalities hope to achieve in the new calendar.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Feng Shui Detective says ciao

Things are going like a prayer for writer and satirist Nury Vittachi. The first of his novels in The Feng Shui Detective series has just been translated into Italian and is about to be published in Rome next week.

13 Apr 2006 - 12:00am