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Review | Beijing Payback: Daniel Nieh paints a picture-perfect portrait of the Chinese capital’s gritty underbelly

Murder mystery turned revenge tragedy moves from the comfy confines of California to the gritty city.

15 Aug 2019 - 8:34PM

Murder mystery turned revenge tragedy moves from the comfy confines of California to the gritty city.

Beijing Payback: Daniel Nieh paints a picture-perfect portrait of the Chinese capital’s gritty underbelly
Review | Stalin’s superspy in China and Japan: champagne Communist Richard Sorge seen in a new light in An Impeccable Spy

Despite more than 100 books about him, Soviet secret agent Richard Sorge has remained an enigma. In new biography An Impeccable Spy, Owen Matthew sheds fresh light on a dedicated Bolshevik who loved wine, women and song.

14 Jun 2019 - 2:27AM

Despite more than 100 books about him, Soviet secret agent Richard Sorge has remained an enigma. In new biography An Impeccable Spy, Owen Matthew sheds fresh light on a dedicated Bolshevik who loved wine, women and song.

Stalin’s superspy in China and Japan: champagne Communist Richard Sorge seen in a new light in An Impeccable Spy
The last king of Xinjiang: how Bertram Sheldrake went from condiment heir to Muslim monarch

Bertram Sheldrake converted to Islam at the age of 15 and spent much of his fortune promoting the religion in Britain. His efforts brought him an invitation from leaders of a newly proclaimed Muslim nation in China’s far west.

4 Mar 2019 - 6:23PM

Bertram Sheldrake converted to Islam at the age of 15 and spent much of his fortune promoting the religion in Britain. His efforts brought him an invitation from leaders of a newly proclaimed Muslim nation in China’s far west.

The last king of Xinjiang: how Bertram Sheldrake went from condiment heir to Muslim monarch
How Chinese bandits’ kidnapping of a blond British bride and her pet dogs became a global news story

During the 41-day ordeal the 19-year-old Muriel ‘Tinko’ Pawley suffered ‘beastly boredom’, threatened to haunt her captors and demanded lipstick. Evelyn Waugh, fascinated by her fate, wrote a short story based on the incident.

10 Jan 2019 - 3:54PM

During the 41-day ordeal the 19-year-old Muriel ‘Tinko’ Pawley suffered ‘beastly boredom’, threatened to haunt her captors and demanded lipstick. Evelyn Waugh, fascinated by her fate, wrote a short story based on the incident.

How Chinese bandits’ kidnapping of a blond British bride and her pet dogs became a global news story
What authors from Kipling to Hemingway and Auden made of Hong Kong, good and bad

‘Asia’s world city’ long attracted some of the globe’s most celebrated writers, from Rudyard Kipling and Noël Coward to Ernest Hemingway and Ian Fleming. Author Paul French recalls what they said, good and bad, about Hong Kong.

12 Nov 2018 - 10:27AM

‘Asia’s world city’ long attracted some of the globe’s most celebrated writers, from Rudyard Kipling and Noël Coward to Ernest Hemingway and Ian Fleming. Author Paul French recalls what they said, good and bad, about Hong Kong.

What authors from Kipling to Hemingway and Auden made of Hong Kong, good and bad
Broken in the Badlands

The murder and mutilation of a pretty young blond woman in 1937 Peking left a long-forgotten paper trail, recently uncovered by author Paul French, that reveals the sad, sorry tale of mysterious gun for hire Pinfold.

23 Nov 2013 - 11:18PM

The murder and mutilation of a pretty young blond woman in 1937 Peking left a long-forgotten paper trail, recently uncovered by author Paul French, that reveals the sad, sorry tale of mysterious gun for hire Pinfold.

Broken in the Badlands
In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India