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Review | Womanising, corruption, privilege: an unusual love letter to Hong Kong in Price’s Price by Chris Maden

The anti-hero of Chris Maden’s Price’s Price is a character who will divide readers of this accessible novel that highlights less-than-flattering aspects of Hong Kong.

The anti-hero of Chris Maden’s Price’s Price is a character who will divide readers of this accessible novel that highlights less-than-flattering aspects of Hong Kong.

Womanising, corruption, privilege: an unusual love letter to Hong Kong in Price’s Price by Chris Maden
31 Aug 2021 - 2:28PM
Review | The inherited trauma of the Killing Fields for Khmer Americans infuses the short stories Anthony Veasna So left behind before he died, and collected in Afterparties

Stories filled with vignettes of Cambodian-American life, and of generations trying to understand one another, are the legacy of writer who died at 28 on the cusp of literary stardom.

Stories filled with vignettes of Cambodian-American life, and of generations trying to understand one another, are the legacy of writer who died at 28 on the cusp of literary stardom.

The inherited trauma of the Killing Fields for Khmer Americans infuses the short stories Anthony Veasna So left behind before he died, and collected in Afterparties
25 Jul 2021 - 7:45PM
Review | Sukarno, Suharto, and the US-backed mass murder of communists in Indonesia that set the template for Cold War regime change worldwide

In The Jakarta Method, American journalist Vincent Bevins documents systematically for the first time the mass exterminations in Indonesia that became a blueprint for organised programmes of state terror around the world.

In The Jakarta Method, American journalist Vincent Bevins documents systematically for the first time the mass exterminations in Indonesia that became a blueprint for organised programmes of state terror around the world.

Sukarno, Suharto, and the US-backed mass murder of communists in Indonesia that set the template for Cold War regime change worldwide
16 Jul 2020 - 10:12AM
Review | The Scientist and the Spy: Chinese industrial espionage and the atmosphere of fear in the West

By charting the story of one Chinese scientist who came under the suspicion of the FBI, Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted author Mara Hvistendahl puts a human face to the issue of industrial espionage.

By charting the story of one Chinese scientist who came under the suspicion of the FBI, Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted author Mara Hvistendahl puts a human face to the issue of industrial espionage.

The Scientist and the Spy: Chinese industrial espionage and the atmosphere of fear in the West
5 Nov 2020 - 9:14PM
Review | The Trouble with Taiwan – book maps out why the world should care about the self-ruled island

Charting the island’s history, Kerry Brown and Kalley Wu Tzu-hui underscore the global significance of its relationship with China.

Charting the island’s history, Kerry Brown and Kalley Wu Tzu-hui underscore the global significance of its relationship with China.

The Trouble with Taiwan – book maps out why the world should care about the self-ruled island
30 Oct 2019 - 4:58PM
Review | The Great Successor: Kim Jong-un biography follows North Korean leader from awkward teen to elusive dictator

In The Great Successor, Anna Fifield digs deep into the dictator’s early life, speaking with former classmates and others who knew the reclusive leader when he struggled with foreign languages and social interaction.

In The Great Successor, Anna Fifield digs deep into the dictator’s early life, speaking with former classmates and others who knew the reclusive leader when he struggled with foreign languages and social interaction.

The Great Successor: Kim Jong-un biography follows North Korean leader from awkward teen to elusive dictator
21 Jun 2019 - 5:22AM
Myanmar’s beauty and troubles laid bare in A Savage Dreamland by David Eimer

Writer David Eimer travels to far flung corners of the country formerly known as Burma to better understand its present.

Writer David Eimer travels to far flung corners of the country formerly known as Burma to better understand its present.

Myanmar’s beauty and troubles laid bare in A Savage Dreamland by David Eimer
30 May 2019 - 6:30PM
Home Remedies: stories of China’s young and listless, and of challenges of being a second-generation immigrant
22 May 2019 - 5:49PM
Review | Maoism: A Global History – how China exported revolution around the world

In Maoism: A Global History, China scholar Julia Lovell explains Mao-era China’s influence across the globe, funding insurgencies from Africa to Nepal to Peru, and inspiring others closer to home in Cambodia and Malaya.

In Maoism: A Global History, China scholar Julia Lovell explains Mao-era China’s influence across the globe, funding insurgencies from Africa to Nepal to Peru, and inspiring others closer to home in Cambodia and Malaya.

Maoism: A Global History – how China exported revolution around the world
8 Mar 2019 - 10:28AM
Review | Poacher: journalist Kimon de Greef’s study of illegal abalone trade suffers from narrow world view

With Chinese demand fuelling the illicit trade, the otherwise engaging book’s message would have benefited from a broader perspective

With Chinese demand fuelling the illicit trade, the otherwise engaging book’s message would have benefited from a broader perspective

Poacher: journalist Kimon de Greef’s study of illegal abalone trade suffers from narrow world view
4 Oct 2018 - 6:30PM
Review | Sin city: book exposes gritty underbelly of 1930s Shanghai

The chancers, adventurers and criminals who made and lost fortunes in China treaty port teetering on the edge of chaos

The chancers, adventurers and criminals who made and lost fortunes in China treaty port teetering on the edge of chaos

Sin city: book exposes gritty underbelly of 1930s Shanghai
15 Mar 2018 - 9:45AM
Review | Story of Sea Shepherd’s epic high-seas hunt for poachers revealed in new book

One of Catching Thunder’s strongest points is that the authors – investigative journalists who accompanied the chasing vessel – track down players on each side, piecing together their testimonies on the 110-day chase

One of Catching Thunder’s strongest points is that the authors – investigative journalists who accompanied the chasing vessel – track down players on each side, piecing together their testimonies on the 110-day chase

Story of Sea Shepherd’s epic  high-seas hunt for poachers revealed in new book
22 Feb 2018 - 10:10AM
Review | Book review: how Myanmar squandered its promise of peace and prosperity after the end of military rule

Since the junta made way for democratic rule in 2011, deadly outbreaks of violence between Buddhists and Muslims have scarred the country. Francis Wade creates an impressively detailed picture of the tensions inside Myanmar

Since the junta made way for democratic rule in 2011, deadly outbreaks of violence between Buddhists and Muslims have scarred the country. Francis Wade creates an impressively detailed picture of the tensions inside Myanmar

Book review: how Myanmar squandered its promise of peace and prosperity after the end of military rule
28 Aug 2017 - 12:12PM
Review | Book review: Ghosts of the Tsunami’s heart-wrenching look at Japan tragedy from survivors’ view leaves a lasting impression

Richard Lloyd Parry’s focus on those caught up in the events of that tragic day, especially relatives of the 74 children killed at Okawa Elementary School, truly highlights the small decisions that spell the difference between life and death

Richard Lloyd Parry’s focus on those caught up in the events of that tragic day, especially relatives of the 74 children killed at Okawa Elementary School, truly highlights the small decisions that spell the difference between life and death

Book review: Ghosts of the Tsunami’s heart-wrenching look at Japan tragedy from survivors’ view leaves a lasting impression
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review | Return of religion to China since the death of Mao documented in new book The Souls of China

By following individual monks and priests, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson personalises his account of the reawakening of religious belief and practices in China in this timely and important book

By following individual monks and priests, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson personalises his account of the reawakening of religious belief and practices in China in this timely and important book

Return of religion to China since the death of Mao documented in new book The Souls of China
13 Apr 2017 - 11:43AM
Review | History of Laos’ secret war – and the way it transformed the CIA – reveals a sobering legacy

Joshua Kurlantzick’s engaging new history says the secret war in Southeast Asia was the beginning of the modern CIA – no longer merely an intelligence-gathering agency

Joshua Kurlantzick’s engaging new history says the secret war in Southeast Asia was the beginning of the modern CIA – no longer merely an intelligence-gathering agency

History of Laos’ secret war – and the way it transformed the CIA – reveals a sobering legacy
24 Jul 2018 - 4:43PM
Review | Book review: China, US bound by suspicion and hope

John Pomfret’s history of the friends-to-allies-to-enemies-and-back-again relationship between China and America is a masterful account of the ties that have shaped the foremost powers in the world today

John Pomfret’s history of the friends-to-allies-to-enemies-and-back-again relationship between China and America is a masterful account of the ties that have shaped the foremost powers in the world today

Book review: China, US bound by suspicion and hope
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Travel back in time with a trip to Romanian rural idyll

The countryside of Maramures, where farmers still use long scythes and home-made wooden pitchforks and there's no TV or internet, gives visitors a taste of how rural life was in much of Europe two centuries ago, writes Kit Gillet

The countryside of Maramures, where farmers still use long scythes and home-made wooden pitchforks and there's no TV or internet, gives visitors a taste of how rural life was in much of Europe two centuries ago, writes Kit Gillet

Travel back in time with a trip to Romanian rural idyll
26 Apr 2016 - 3:09PM
Review | Book review: Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler - trouble's brewing for the 'champagne of tea'

Jeff Koehler tells the colourful story of tea growing in India's Darjeeling region, from its accidental start to its uncertain future.

Jeff Koehler tells the colourful story of tea growing in India's Darjeeling region, from its accidental start to its uncertain future.

Book review: Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler - trouble's brewing for the 'champagne of tea'
6 May 2015 - 10:16AM
Second Kashmir novel looks at land torn apart by war

Mirza Waheed's second Kashmir-set novel evokes sadness for a beautiful land torn apart by war, writes Kit Gillet.

Mirza Waheed's second Kashmir-set novel evokes sadness for a beautiful land torn apart by war, writes Kit Gillet.

Second Kashmir novel looks at land torn apart by war
15 Nov 2014 - 8:16PM
Book review: Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts

Few people in history have achieved more in their lifetime than Napoleon Bonaparte, and it quickly becomes clear in this latest in a long line of biographies just how fitting the title "Napoleon the Great" is.

Few people in history have achieved more in their lifetime than Napoleon Bonaparte, and it quickly becomes clear in this latest in a long line of biographies just how fitting the title "Napoleon the Great" is.

Book review: Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts
1 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM
Book review: This Divided Island, by Samanth Subramanian

"Gradually, in my head, the boundaries between these slices of time - between wartime and post-war Sri Lanka - melted away. The phrase 'post-war' lost its meaning," journalist Samanth Subramanian writes in This Divided Island.

"Gradually, in my head, the boundaries between these slices of time - between wartime and post-war Sri Lanka - melted away. The phrase 'post-war' lost its meaning," journalist Samanth Subramanian writes in This Divided Island.

Book review: This Divided Island, by Samanth Subramanian
21 Sep 2014 - 11:07AM
Book review: Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi

Death Fugue, Sheng Keyi's second novel to be translated into English after Northern Girls, is, at its core, an absurdist take on the legacy of June 4, 1989, and the totalitarian nature of the Chinese government still in place today.

Death Fugue, Sheng Keyi's second novel to be translated into English after Northern Girls, is, at its core, an absurdist take on the legacy of June 4, 1989, and the totalitarian nature of the Chinese government still in place today.

Book review: Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi
14 Sep 2014 - 1:28PM
Book review: The Dog: Stories by Jack Livings

Disregarding his own health, and barely able to visit his dying wife in hospital, Zhou Yuqing sacrifices everything in an attempt to finish Mao Zedong's crystal sarcophagus in time for the opening of his mausoleum in 10 months' time.

Disregarding his own health, and barely able to visit his dying wife in hospital, Zhou Yuqing sacrifices everything in an attempt to finish Mao Zedong's crystal sarcophagus in time for the opening of his mausoleum in 10 months' time.

Book review: The Dog: Stories by Jack Livings
24 Aug 2014 - 10:54AM
Book review: Thirty-one Nil - On the Road with Football's Outsiders: a World Cup Odyssey, by James Montague

If you are looking for a timely antidote to the blanket coverage of lucratively paid footballers competing in the World Cup in Brazil starting next Thursday, it's time to grab a copy of Thirty-One Nil, a gripping tale of some of the many underdogs who dreamed, however briefly, of playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.

If you are looking for a timely antidote to the blanket coverage of lucratively paid footballers competing in the World Cup in Brazil starting next Thursday, it's time to grab a copy of Thirty-One Nil, a gripping tale of some of the many underdogs who dreamed, however briefly, of playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.

Book review: Thirty-one Nil - On the Road with Football's Outsiders: a World Cup Odyssey, by James Montague
8 Jun 2014 - 3:52PM
Up against the wall

Palestinians in the West Bank, which is being sealed off behind a barrier, continue to live their lives in limbo. Kit Gillet looks at the reality on the ground following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks with Israel. Pictures by Jeffrey Lau.

Palestinians in the West Bank, which is being sealed off behind a barrier, continue to live their lives in limbo. Kit Gillet looks at the reality on the ground following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks with Israel. Pictures by Jeffrey Lau.

Up against the wall
25 May 2014 - 6:52AM
The complications and contradictions of China in a time of great change

Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker, recently left China after eight years covering the country, but not before writing a book on China's Age of Ambition , due to be released in early May. He spoke to Kit Gillet.

Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker, recently left China after eight years covering the country, but not before writing a book on China's Age of Ambition , due to be released in early May. He spoke to Kit Gillet.

The complications and contradictions of China in a time of great change
20 Apr 2014 - 12:35PM
Book review: Mr Selden's Map of China, by Timothy Brook

In 2009, scholars at Oxford University found themselves looking down at an ancient Chinese map that hadn't been seen for almost a century.

In 2009, scholars at Oxford University found themselves looking down at an ancient Chinese map that hadn't been seen for almost a century.

Book review: Mr Selden's Map of China, by Timothy Brook
10 Mar 2014 - 6:47PM
Combat zone: the fight against malaria in Cambodia

For decades, a province in western Cambodia has been ground zero for drug-resistant strains of malaria. Now, a number of organisations are hoping to end the disease's deadly grip once and for all. Kit Gillet visits Pailin. Pictures by Jeffrey Lau.

For decades, a province in western Cambodia has been ground zero for drug-resistant strains of malaria. Now, a number of organisations are hoping to end the disease's deadly grip once and for all. Kit Gillet visits Pailin. Pictures by Jeffrey Lau.

Combat zone: the fight against malaria in Cambodia
25 Feb 2014 - 6:12PM
Book review: Junkyard Planet, by Adam Minter

By the 1970s, the United States was a veritable scrapyard, with rusting cars and abandoned farming and factory equipment scattered all over the country. But then the Chinese came, Adam Minter writes in Junkyard Planet, his tour de force journey through the global scrap trade.

By the 1970s, the United States was a veritable scrapyard, with rusting cars and abandoned farming and factory equipment scattered all over the country. But then the Chinese came, Adam Minter writes in Junkyard Planet, his tour de force journey through the global scrap trade.

Book review: Junkyard Planet, by Adam Minter
10 Nov 2013 - 5:17PM