Egyptians crowd around novels by young authors at the Cairo Book fair. File photo: AP
Libya
Libyan, 31, wins top Arabic fiction prize with debut novel on gender roles
23 May 2022 - 6:26PM

Mohammed Alnaas is youngest winner of prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction, with ‘Bread on Uncle Milad’s Table’; ‘Milad’ is deemed to have failed as a man after taking on a home-based role.

Egyptians crowd around novels by young authors at the Cairo Book fair. File photo: AP
Libyan, 31, wins top Arabic fiction prize with debut novel on gender roles

Mohammed Alnaas is youngest winner of prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction, with ‘Bread on Uncle Milad’s Table’; ‘Milad’ is deemed to have failed as a man after taking on a home-based role.

23 May 2022 - 6:26PM
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Marga T is one of Indonesia’s most prolific writers. Photo: Handout
Indonesian-Chinese author Marga T on childhood trauma: ‘it gave me cancer’

In her latest and most personal work, Marga T ‘cleanses’ her soul as she opens up on her traumatic childhood, her mother’s death, and dealing with abuse.

22 May 2022 - 8:30AM
Ireland
Review | The Colony: fictional colonial microcosm set against Ireland’s ‘Troubles’

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.

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.

17 May 2022 - 7:15PM
Books and literature
Why a book on how to be a better writer changed this artist’s life

Hong Kong-based American contemporary artist Christopher K. Ho says The Writing Life by American author Annie Dillard is ‘one of the most accurate descriptions of the artistic process’.

Hong Kong-based American contemporary artist Christopher K. Ho says The Writing Life by American author Annie Dillard is ‘one of the most accurate descriptions of the artistic process’.

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Why isn’t the Philippines more influential? Apathy, corruption says new book
3 May 2022 - 5:12PM
Debut novels set amid the anti-colonial struggles of French Indochina
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Books | OPINION

Prisoners of war at St. Stephen’s College in Hong Kong, which was used by Japanese troops as an internment camp for British soldiers during World War II. Publications of POWs’ memoirs, once widespread, dwindled as people went on with their renewed peacetime lives.
Then & Now | From stories of war to settling scores: memoirs in Hong Kong

World War II-themed memoirs and stories of colonial life have given way to accounts from policemen and those clearly written in response to earlier works to ‘set the record straight’.

30 Dec 2021 - 10:45AM
Then & Now | The children’s books that Europeans in Asia grew up reading

Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia – who read books set in more familiar surroundings.

Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia – who read books set in more familiar surroundings.

13 Sep 2021 - 8:45AM
The children’s books that Europeans in Asia grew up reading
Then & Now | A history lesson from World War II hero ‘Mad Mike’ Calvert

A decorated officer who fought alongside the Chindit guerillas against Japanese soldiers in Burma during World War II, ‘Mad Mike’ Calvert taught your columnist a lesson on a visit to Hong Kong, where he had also served.

A decorated officer who fought alongside the Chindit guerillas against Japanese soldiers in Burma during World War II, ‘Mad Mike’ Calvert taught your columnist a lesson on a visit to Hong Kong, where he had also served.

5 Jul 2021 - 12:45PM
A history lesson from World War II hero ‘Mad Mike’ Calvert

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