We Never Knew Exactly Where by Peter Chilson The FP Group (e-book) This, the first e-book in the Borderlands project of Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, explains much that news reports about Mali have not. Why the French have begun air and ground campaigns against al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in the north and how Mali, once an African model of democracy, fell "victim to an African cliché - the military coup" is explained expertly by frequent visitor to Mali Peter Chilson, whose understanding of the country adds much to his reporting from the conflict zone. We Never Knew Exactly Where shows the role played by Tuareg rebels who fought in Libya's 2011 civil war on the side of Muammar Qaddafi (who offered them money, training and the chance to attain a Saharan homeland). They then returned home to "pick up their campaign alongside al-Qaeda-sympathising jihadists", he writes. Chilson expounds on the lot of the country's tribes, the border complications left by the departing French in 1960, coups and countercoups, and starvation due to conflict. Trailersteading by Anna Hess Wetknee Books (e-book) Living in trailers is not an option in Hong Kong but still this book could be an interesting read for those wanting to downsize, simplify, save money and tread lightly on this earth. Written by Anna Hess, who occupies a 500-sq ft trailer in Virginia in the United States, with her husband, a dog and two cats, Trailersteading brings home how it is possible to lead "uncommodified" lives free of mortgages, although most interviewees bought the land on which to place their trailers and some were in them only to save money for a dream home. Hess points out that in the US in 1950, the average dwelling provided each occupant with 294 sq ft; by 2004 that had increased to 914 sq ft. But Hess herself grew up in a 616 sq ft house with parents and two siblings, so moving into a trailer did not cramp her style. Better still, it was free, although shifting it proved relatively expensive. How to renovate trailers, cut their power bills, reduce their fire risks, and hide their ugly exteriors are subjects addressed, as is the discrimination against those people who live in them.