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5 things to watch out for if you want to immigrate to Ireland

‘Emerald Isle’ of 4.98 million people – home to rock group U2 and actors Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson – now attracts growing number of would-be residents

‘Emerald Isle’ of 4.98 million people – home to rock group U2 and actors Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson – now attracts growing number of would-be residents

7 Dec 2020 - 9:58AM
One of Indonesia’s most successful living artists on the burly black characters that made him a star

I Nyoman Masriadi’s fascination with superheroes and their exaggerated physiques turned into a signature style, with his paintings mixing ideas including identity, technology and materialism with sarcasm and humour.

I Nyoman Masriadi’s fascination with superheroes and their exaggerated physiques turned into a signature style, with his paintings mixing ideas including identity, technology and materialism with sarcasm and humour.

31 Mar 2019 - 8:46AM
Review | Jo Nesbo gives Shakespeare’s Macbeth a Nordic-noir flourish, but fails to hit damned spot

The bestselling Norwegian writer’s Scottish play tells of a troubled 21st-century cop in a hurry to be crowned chief commissioner

The bestselling Norwegian writer’s Scottish play tells of a troubled 21st-century cop in a hurry to be crowned chief commissioner

28 Mar 2018 - 8:03PM
Hong Kong’s biggest craft brewery Gweilo Beer to start production at the end of this month

Founders of start-up that began operating from a spare bedroom in 2015 set up about to open a state-of-the-art operation in Fo Tan that can turn out 6,000 cans per hour and allows them to vastly expand their range of beers

Founders of start-up that began operating from a spare bedroom in 2015 set up about to open a state-of-the-art operation in Fo Tan that can turn out 6,000 cans per hour and allows them to vastly expand their range of beers

15 Feb 2018 - 2:16PM
13 Dec 2017 - 12:41PM
The 12 best children’s books to give this Christmas

With great illustrations and engaging storylines, these books from bestselling authors will make great stocking fillers and gifts for children of all ages

With great illustrations and engaging storylines, these books from bestselling authors will make great stocking fillers and gifts for children of all ages

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Gweilo Beer to open Hong Kong’s biggest craft brewery to keep up with demand

Founders of start-up that began operating from a spare bedroom in 2015 decided to set up their own state-of-the-art brewery after demand for their beers outstripped supply

Founders of start-up that began operating from a spare bedroom in 2015 decided to set up their own state-of-the-art brewery after demand for their beers outstripped supply

3 Oct 2017 - 2:46PM
Hollywood in Hong Kong: five East-meets-West films from a time when studios used city’s exotic setting to woo viewers

Big stars including William Holden, Orson Welles, Clark Gable and Steve McQueen all filmed in Hong Kong in the 1950s and ’60s as US and British studios tried new locations to get Western audiences back into cinemas

Big stars including William Holden, Orson Welles, Clark Gable and Steve McQueen all filmed in Hong Kong in the 1950s and ’60s as US and British studios tried new locations to get Western audiences back into cinemas

4 Aug 2017 - 4:00PM
Actor William Shatner on why The World of Suzie Wong was a tough act

Cast in the original 1958 Broadway version of Richard Mason’s best-selling novel, the Star Trek actor says people in the audience kept walking out on the play – until he ordered them to sit back down

Cast in the original 1958 Broadway version of Richard Mason’s best-selling novel, the Star Trek actor says people in the audience kept walking out on the play – until he ordered them to sit back down

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Suzie Wong: 60 years after Hong Kong icon was created, we recount an interview with late author Richard Mason

From the moment he discovered his hotel was ‘virtually a brothel’, Mason knew he had his book; six decades later, the tale of sex, prostitution and interracial relationships, and the fame of its heroine, continue to endure

From the moment he discovered his hotel was ‘virtually a brothel’, Mason knew he had his book; six decades later, the tale of sex, prostitution and interracial relationships, and the fame of its heroine, continue to endure

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Suzie Wong wooed the world’s book critics in 1957

‘A thrilling, imaginative experience’, ‘a masterly study of humanity at its best and its worst’ – it’s fair to say Richard Mason’s story of Wong and her fellow Wan Chai ‘yum yum’ bar girls captivated the literary press upon its release

‘A thrilling, imaginative experience’, ‘a masterly study of humanity at its best and its worst’ – it’s fair to say Richard Mason’s story of Wong and her fellow Wan Chai ‘yum yum’ bar girls captivated the literary press upon its release

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Book review: Jo Nesbo hits the target at will in new novella Midnight Sun

The only problem with the latest by the new king of Scandinavian noir is that it’s over all too soon

The only problem with the latest by the new king of Scandinavian noir is that it’s over all too soon

10 Nov 2015 - 3:33PM
Interview: John Burdett on his new crime novel The Bangkok Asset

Writer talks about the origin and evolution of his fictional detective character Sonchai Jitpleecheep, his inspiration, and his writing routine.

Writer talks about the origin and evolution of his fictional detective character Sonchai Jitpleecheep, his inspiration, and his writing routine.

25 Jul 2015 - 11:22PM
Book review: Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne - end of innocence

Osborne's elegant writing, scattered with surprising bursts of violence, takes a satisfyingly firm grip on the reader in this atmospheric novel set in Cambodia.

Osborne's elegant writing, scattered with surprising bursts of violence, takes a satisfyingly firm grip on the reader in this atmospheric novel set in Cambodia.

16 May 2015 - 11:10PM
Book review: Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker

It has taken eight years for Jan-Philipp Sendker's terrific German-language romantic crime thriller, Whispering Shadows, set in Hong Kong and on the mainland, to appear in English. It has been worth the wait.

It has taken eight years for Jan-Philipp Sendker's terrific German-language romantic crime thriller, Whispering Shadows, set in Hong Kong and on the mainland, to appear in English. It has been worth the wait.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:39PM
Book review: Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo - love, murder and mayhem in Norway

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio was apparently so taken with Jo Nesbo's latest story set in Norway, Blood on Snow, that Warner Bros snapped up the film rights for him. It's not difficult to see why.

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio was apparently so taken with Jo Nesbo's latest story set in Norway, Blood on Snow, that Warner Bros snapped up the film rights for him. It's not difficult to see why.

11 Apr 2015 - 6:51PM
21 Feb 2015 - 6:11PM
Oscars 2015 quiz: will you be a winner or loser when it comes to this year’s Academy Awards?

So you think you're a film buff? As the Oscars ceremony kicks off here are 87 questions to test your Academy Awards knowledge – one for each year of its history. 

So you think you're a film buff? As the Oscars ceremony kicks off here are 87 questions to test your Academy Awards knowledge – one for each year of its history. 

23 Feb 2015 - 10:06AM
Book review: The Devil You Know - Hong Kong-set thriller cranks up the tension

Many self-published books are indulgent efforts that perhaps only the writer's mother would enjoy reading. But not this one.

Many self-published books are indulgent efforts that perhaps only the writer's mother would enjoy reading. But not this one.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47PM
British soldier’s unseen photos of Hong Kong 60 years ago revealed ... but can you tell where they were all taken?

We have added five new pictures to Roy Passingham's collection, all taken during an eight-hour stopover; some are easy to spot, such as The Peak and the Clock Tower, but others seem a world apart from today's city.

We have added five new pictures to Roy Passingham's collection, all taken during an eight-hour stopover; some are easy to spot, such as The Peak and the Clock Tower, but others seem a world apart from today's city.

21 Jul 2016 - 4:16PM
Book review: The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith

Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith's African female sleuth, Precious Ramotswe, returns in the 15th instalment of the hugely popular No1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels.

Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith's African female sleuth, Precious Ramotswe, returns in the 15th instalment of the hugely popular No1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels.

8 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM
Book review: Black Holes by He Jiahong

He Jiahong, a law professor at Beijing's Renmin University of China, used his real-life experiences while studying for his doctorate at Northwestern University, in the United States, as inspiration for the hero of his detective novels.

He Jiahong, a law professor at Beijing's Renmin University of China, used his real-life experiences while studying for his doctorate at Northwestern University, in the United States, as inspiration for the hero of his detective novels.

1 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM
Book review: Personal, by Lee Child

British-born author Lee Child and his big, brawny hero Jack Reacher - a former US military policeman turned wanderer who metes out brutal justice to bad guys wherever he travels - both seem to have lost their way. Again.

British-born author Lee Child and his big, brawny hero Jack Reacher - a former US military policeman turned wanderer who metes out brutal justice to bad guys wherever he travels - both seem to have lost their way. Again.

21 Sep 2014 - 11:07AM
The last word on Kurt Wallander

This really is the end. After 10 novels, a collection of short stories and, finally, this novella, An Event in Autumn, all of Swedish author Henning Mankell's stories featuring the increasingly careworn detective Kurt Wallander have now been published in English.

This really is the end. After 10 novels, a collection of short stories and, finally, this novella, An Event in Autumn, all of Swedish author Henning Mankell's stories featuring the increasingly careworn detective Kurt Wallander have now been published in English.

14 Sep 2014 - 1:52PM
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.

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
JK Rowling's second outing as Robert Galbraith scores again

Last summer's publication of the hugely enjoyable murder mystery The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith initially brought fine reviews, but only modest sales.

Last summer's publication of the hugely enjoyable murder mystery The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith initially brought fine reviews, but only modest sales.

29 Jun 2014 - 12:18PM
Book review: In the City of Dragons, by Mike Smith

Mike Smith says his second self-published book of Hong Kong stories is named not after the city's fabled dragons, but his real-life characters - people "that are, to various degrees flamboyant, capricious, selfish, ambitious and aggressive".

Mike Smith says his second self-published book of Hong Kong stories is named not after the city's fabled dragons, but his real-life characters - people "that are, to various degrees flamboyant, capricious, selfish, ambitious and aggressive".

22 Jun 2014 - 12:17PM