Bernard Cohen
Bernard Cohen
Bernard Cohen is an award-winning novelist, based in Sydney, Australia. He is also Director of The Writing Workshop, and has taught creative writing to 100,000 young people. His latest book is the short story collection When I Saw the Animal (UQP).

Who was Annah the Javanese, the subject of an eponymous nude painted by Paul Gauguin? In a novella in her collection The Burnished Sun, writer Mirandi Riwoe gives Annah a voice and analytical mind.

He had a family. He’s Korean. He remembers water purifiers. Fragments of a man’s past emerge until he – and we – learn the whole devastating truth.

Audrey Magee’s novel about a small fictional colonial struggle takes places a short boat journey away from a larger one on the non-fictional Irish mainland, where the Troubles are raging.

In Booth, Karen Joy Fowler has written a page-turning theatrical, family, historical and political saga that weaves slavery into the story of the man who killed Lincoln, his siblings and their parents.


Cold Enough for Snow, Jessica Au’s prize-winning second novel, is the subtle, delicate and existential story of a Hong Kong mother and her expatriated daughter connecting and remembering on a holiday in Japan.

Science fiction author Chen Qiufan and Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google China, outline a positive vision for the future of artificial intelligence in their collaboration AI 2041. They tell the Post why.

The novel’s story of the downfall of a white South African family over 30 years is told with mesmerising skill through the use of multiple, shifting narratives. Galgut will appear at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Every character in Paula Hawkins’ London-set third novel is damaged in some way. When two deaths occur and police investigate, two other, past deaths offer clues as to why.

Lo Yi-Chin’s novelistic memoir about a father’s illness and a son’s dilemma is also a tale of two Chinas – the mainland and Taiwan, the provincial and the cosmopolitan.

Terminal Boredom is the first of a planned series of English translations of the late Izumi Suzuki’s science fiction, and if these thought-provoking, dystopian tales are anything to go by, the Japanese writer’s work should have wide appeal.

His deep dive into the short stories of Russian literary giants Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev and Nikolai Gogol changed George Saunders’ relationship with the written word.

The android narrator of the Nobel laureate’s new sci-fi novel proves the most humane character in an inhumane society, despite offering a distinctly robotic viewpoint.

The ‘story of the youngest parents with the oldest child’ mixes humour and hope, fate and fatalism, starting with the as-yet unborn narrator causing a scandal before life propels him towards inevitable tragedy.


Chang-rae Lee packs his latest novel with an abundance of food and factoids – and sometimes a little too much information – while cementing his place as master of the ‘outsider’ genre.

In Gender Swapped Fairy Tales, Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett, hope to raise awareness of the complex and subconscious associations of gender.


Intan Paramaditha’s choose-your-own-adventure narrative offers enchanting journeys through myth and folk tale, even if the fantastic options available are limited by the form.

Hong Kong Writers Circle presents a collection of sixteen short stories that explore, reflect and refract the reality of living in Hong Kong though allegory.