Gary Jones

Gary Jones is senior content editor on Post Magazine, with emphasis on long-form stories. Based in Asia since 1991, his work has appeared in publications worldwide, including Time magazine, The Times and The Sunday Times, the Observer, USA Today, Wallpaper, British GQ, Sydney Morning Herald, Globe & Mail and LA Weekly, among others.
Gary Jones is senior content editor on Post Magazine, with emphasis on long-form stories. Based in Asia since 1991, his work has appeared in publications worldwide, including Time magazine, The Times and The Sunday Times, the Observer, USA Today, Wallpaper, British GQ, Sydney Morning Herald, Globe & Mail and LA Weekly, among others.

Latest from Gary Jones

Journey of the Skyluck: freighter carried 2,600 people to Hong Kong in 1979

The first of a two-part story recounts how the communist takeover of Saigon led to thousands of Chinese-Vietnamese fleeing their country

24 Apr 2019 - 5:37PM

The first of a two-part story recounts how the communist takeover of Saigon led to thousands of Chinese-Vietnamese fleeing their country

Journey of the Skyluck: freighter carried 2,600 people to Hong Kong in 1979
Bollywood star Manisha Koirala on having it all, hitting rock bottom and surviving stage-four ovarian cancer

Born into a prominent political family in Nepal, the actress reveals how alcohol and toxic relationships caused her life to spiral out of control, until cancer changed everything

8 Mar 2019 - 11:28AM

Born into a prominent political family in Nepal, the actress reveals how alcohol and toxic relationships caused her life to spiral out of control, until cancer changed everything

Bollywood star Manisha Koirala on having it all, hitting rock bottom and surviving stage-four ovarian cancer
The Cinque Terre – five fabulous villages on the Italian Riviera’s rugged, romantic coastline
  • Largely unreachable by road, a train service links the quaint quintuplet of picture-postcard villages, one of which got its colourful character from a house-proud local fisherman
14 Feb 2019 - 12:29PM
  • Largely unreachable by road, a train service links the quaint quintuplet of picture-postcard villages, one of which got its colourful character from a house-proud local fisherman
The Cinque Terre – five fabulous villages on the Italian Riviera’s rugged, romantic coastline
What to do in Washington during a government shutdown – pay the Newseum a visit, celebrate First Amendment rights
  • Positioned between the White House and the United States Capitol, the museum is a celebration of free press and the American news media
4 Jan 2019 - 11:03PM
  • Positioned between the White House and the United States Capitol, the museum is a celebration of free press and the American news media
What to do in Washington during a government shutdown – pay the Newseum a visit, celebrate First Amendment rights
Review | First book on Thai cave rescues, The Boys in the Cave, is a gripping account of ‘mission impossible’

Chief national correspondent for ABC News Matt Gutman dissects the extraordinary rescue mission to save the trapped soccer team from rising floodwaters.

8 Dec 2018 - 8:19PM

Chief national correspondent for ABC News Matt Gutman dissects the extraordinary rescue mission to save the trapped soccer team from rising floodwaters.

First book on Thai cave rescues, The Boys in the Cave, is a gripping account of ‘mission impossible’
Review | A Death in Peking: ex-police officer sheds new light on grisly 1937 murder of expat woman

When a 2011 bestselling book threw a salacious spotlight on a long forgotten killing, Graeme Sheppard was compelled to turn his cooler, more contemplative gaze onto the case

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM

When a 2011 bestselling book threw a salacious spotlight on a long forgotten killing, Graeme Sheppard was compelled to turn his cooler, more contemplative gaze onto the case

A Death in Peking: ex-police officer sheds new light on grisly 1937 murder of expat woman
Why American soldiers were on front lines of anti-Vietnam-war movement

Ho Chi Minh City exhibition recalls how American GIs organised protests, published underground newspapers and served jail time in their efforts to bring peace to Southeast Asia

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Ho Chi Minh City exhibition recalls how American GIs organised protests, published underground newspapers and served jail time in their efforts to bring peace to Southeast Asia

Why American soldiers were on front lines of anti-Vietnam-war movement
Chinese sculptor’s floating art finally rocks up at Australian festival
Review | Trainspotting author back to doing what he does best

Drugs, debauchery and untimely deaths: it’s business as usual in Irvine Welsh’s latest instalment in the successful series

7 Mar 2018 - 8:02PM

Drugs, debauchery and untimely deaths: it’s business as usual in Irvine Welsh’s latest instalment in the successful series

Trainspotting author back to doing what he does best
The Dictionary of the Asian Language reviewed: trivia tome reboots popular Asiaweek column

Do you know what a Kimjongilia is? In these days of smartphones and Google this dictionary of trendy Asian terms may not be as useful as in pre-internet days, but it does throw up many offbeat facts that are worth a read

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Do you know what a Kimjongilia is? In these days of smartphones and Google this dictionary of trendy Asian terms may not be as useful as in pre-internet days, but it does throw up many offbeat facts that are worth a read

The Dictionary of the Asian Language reviewed: trivia tome reboots popular Asiaweek column
Inside Bangkok’s prison-themed hotel: get a taste of ‘life behind bars’

The Shawshank Redemption-inspired Sook Station offers spartan ‘cells’ as rooms and guests get a mug shot at check-in in all their striped pyjama glory

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The Shawshank Redemption-inspired Sook Station offers spartan ‘cells’ as rooms and guests get a mug shot at check-in in all their striped pyjama glory

Inside Bangkok’s prison-themed hotel: get a taste of ‘life behind bars’
Review | Book review: Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives of the World will inspire motorists with its spectacular road trips and beautiful photography

Featuring 50 core journeys, each with three suggested similar trips, Epic Drives will have any car owner itching to get behind the wheel – just don’t expect too much in the way of practical advice

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Featuring 50 core journeys, each with three suggested similar trips, Epic Drives will have any car owner itching to get behind the wheel – just don’t expect too much in the way of practical advice

Book review: Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives of the World will inspire motorists with its spectacular road trips and beautiful photography
Review | Book review: Lonely Planet’s new guide to volunteering – for people who see travel as more than a selfie opportunity

Fourth edition of Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World tells would-be do-gooders the questions to ask before they turn altruistic adventurer, and is packed with advice - some of it rather obvious

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Fourth edition of Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World tells would-be do-gooders the questions to ask before they turn altruistic adventurer, and is packed with advice - some of it rather obvious

Book review: Lonely Planet’s new guide to volunteering – for people who see travel as more than a selfie opportunity
The Ansel Adams of Angkor: photographer’s unique take on ancient Khmer capital

American John McDermott’s use of infrared film captures an otherworldly perspective of the Cambodian temple complex

12 Jan 2017 - 5:39PM

American John McDermott’s use of infrared film captures an otherworldly perspective of the Cambodian temple complex

The Ansel Adams of Angkor: photographer’s unique take on ancient Khmer capital
Stockholm’s vibrant, glorious public spaces are a riot of colour and culture

While inhabitants of the Swedish capital may prefer their fashion palette muted, their public spaces are a riot of colour and culture

9 Jan 2017 - 10:27AM

While inhabitants of the Swedish capital may prefer their fashion palette muted, their public spaces are a riot of colour and culture

Stockholm’s vibrant, glorious public spaces are a riot of colour and culture
Venice in winter is a hazy, horde-free, living watercolour

Russian poet Joseph Brodsky picked the perfect season to fall in love with the Queen of the Adriatic, and so might you when you find there are seats to be had at Harry’s Bar and the Venetians’ favourite bacari

20 Dec 2016 - 6:00PM

Russian poet Joseph Brodsky picked the perfect season to fall in love with the Queen of the Adriatic, and so might you when you find there are seats to be had at Harry’s Bar and the Venetians’ favourite bacari

Venice in winter is a hazy, horde-free, living watercolour
On the streets of Vientiane with the teenage first responders saving lives

The streets of Laos’ capital city are among the most dangerous in Asia. A volunteer ambulance service founded by a Frenchman and manned largely by students is saving countless lives

2 Dec 2016 - 7:57PM

The streets of Laos’ capital city are among the most dangerous in Asia. A volunteer ambulance service founded by a Frenchman and manned largely by students is saving countless lives

On the streets of Vientiane with the  teenage first responders saving lives
Calcata, Italian town that lost Jesus’ foreskin
The Chinese volunteers who fought in the Spanish civil war - their amazing courage and obscure fates

Illiterate farmers, manual labourers, civil servants – some 100 Chinese joined the International Brigades helping fight General Franco’s fascists 80 years ago. Despite being few in number, they left a lasting impression

20 Oct 2016 - 6:45PM

Illiterate farmers, manual labourers, civil servants – some 100 Chinese joined the International Brigades helping fight General Franco’s fascists 80 years ago. Despite being few in number, they left a lasting impression

The Chinese volunteers who fought in the Spanish civil war - their amazing courage and obscure fates
Motorcycle adventures: from Yunnan to Angkor on a bike

A 2,000km run from Yunnan to northern Cambodia gives five like-minded motorcyclists a whiff of adventure. Words and pictures by Gary Jones.

27 Aug 2015 - 12:16PM

A 2,000km run from Yunnan to northern Cambodia gives five like-minded motorcyclists a whiff of adventure. Words and pictures by Gary Jones.

Motorcycle adventures: from Yunnan to Angkor on a bike
Down the rabbit hole: 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

As the world celebrates 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Gary Jones looks back on the book's impact on art and popular culture.

13 Nov 2015 - 4:45PM

As the world celebrates 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Gary Jones looks back on the book's impact on art and popular culture.

Down the rabbit hole: 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Rome's little shop of horrors: dolls 'hospital' a tourism draw

For more than 60 years, one family has been nursing broken dolls back to health.

28 May 2015 - 3:51PM

For more than 60 years, one family has been nursing broken dolls back to health.

Rome's little shop of horrors: dolls 'hospital' a tourism draw
Nostalgia trip: three takes on the theme of celebrity

Film director Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, 1994), novelist J. G. Ballard (The Atrocity Exhibition, 1970), and singer Courtney Love's band Hole (Celebrity Skin, 1998) tackle the issue of celebrity - all from different angles. We look back at their impact then and how much they resonate with audiences today. 

4 Apr 2015 - 10:30PM

Film director Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, 1994), novelist J. G. Ballard (The Atrocity Exhibition, 1970), and singer Courtney Love's band Hole (Celebrity Skin, 1998) tackle the issue of celebrity - all from different angles. We look back at their impact then and how much they resonate with audiences today. 

Nostalgia trip: three takes on the theme of celebrity
Mango, purple yam, pandan, yuzu, tofu - gelatos get an Asian spin

Two Asian teams have qualified to compete in Italy against the world's foremost gelato artisans for the title World's Best Gelato. They'll be joined by a team from Adelaide, Australia. The regional gelato wizards triumphed in the Asia-Pacific heat of the Gelato World Tour competition, which travels the globe to track down the most perfectly executed flavour expressions of Italy's ultimate feel-good treat.

3 Apr 2015 - 10:29AM

Two Asian teams have qualified to compete in Italy against the world's foremost gelato artisans for the title World's Best Gelato. They'll be joined by a team from Adelaide, Australia. The regional gelato wizards triumphed in the Asia-Pacific heat of the Gelato World Tour competition, which travels the globe to track down the most perfectly executed flavour expressions of Italy's ultimate feel-good treat.

Mango, purple yam, pandan, yuzu, tofu - gelatos get an Asian spin
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - a childhood frozen in time

The word "warmth" barely appears in Irish-American author Frank McCourt's tragi-comic memoir, Angela's Ashes. A comfortable temperature plays a central role, largely because of the narrator's near-constant lack of it and his incessant desire for it.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:51PM

The word "warmth" barely appears in Irish-American author Frank McCourt's tragi-comic memoir, Angela's Ashes. A comfortable temperature plays a central role, largely because of the narrator's near-constant lack of it and his incessant desire for it.

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - a childhood frozen in time
Book appreciation: Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe's tale of redemption

Daniel Defoe, author of the first and best-known survival novel in the English language, was a survivor himself. Born around 1660, he lived through 1665's Great Plague of London, in which 100,000 people - 25 per cent of the population - perished. The next year, his family's house was one of only three in their neighbourhood left standing after the Great Fire of London.

14 Mar 2015 - 10:41PM

Daniel Defoe, author of the first and best-known survival novel in the English language, was a survivor himself. Born around 1660, he lived through 1665's Great Plague of London, in which 100,000 people - 25 per cent of the population - perished. The next year, his family's house was one of only three in their neighbourhood left standing after the Great Fire of London.

Book appreciation: Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe's tale of redemption
Bletchley Park: now you can decode the enigma of country-estate cipher school

Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing's genius helped cut short a war, is no longer a secret as visitors flock to Britain's famous codebreaking site, writes Gary Jones.

25 Feb 2015 - 6:16PM

Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing's genius helped cut short a war, is no longer a secret as visitors flock to Britain's famous codebreaking site, writes Gary Jones.

Bletchley Park: now you can decode the enigma of country-estate cipher school
Glassworks - the album that set composer Philip Glass on path to renown

Philip Glass, who turned 78 yesterday, is one of a loose-knit group of experimental composers who pioneered the minimalist style in the 1960s. The American has long since distanced himself from the label, preferring to describe himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures".

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47PM

Philip Glass, who turned 78 yesterday, is one of a loose-knit group of experimental composers who pioneered the minimalist style in the 1960s. The American has long since distanced himself from the label, preferring to describe himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures".

Glassworks - the album that set composer Philip Glass on path to renown
Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman - looking back at a rebel's guide

A social activist in the US in the late 1960s, Abbie Hoffman co-founded the Youth International Party - a radical offshoot of countercultural and anti-war movements - in 1967. With street theatre and pranks (the group put forward a pig as a candidate for the presidency in 1968), the "Yippies" were sometimes ridiculed as "Groucho Marxists".

15 Jan 2015 - 11:07AM

A social activist in the US in the late 1960s, Abbie Hoffman co-founded the Youth International Party - a radical offshoot of countercultural and anti-war movements - in 1967. With street theatre and pranks (the group put forward a pig as a candidate for the presidency in 1968), the "Yippies" were sometimes ridiculed as "Groucho Marxists".

Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman - looking back at a rebel's guide
Demolished 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall legend lives on

The barrier that divided Berlin came down 25 years ago today, but the cold war legend has been preserved in the popular imagination, writes Gary Jones.

9 Nov 2014 - 2:02PM

The barrier that divided Berlin came down 25 years ago today, but the cold war legend has been preserved in the popular imagination, writes Gary Jones.

Demolished 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall legend lives on