Books

Review | Joshua Wong’s Unfree Speech: ‘our struggle is your struggle’

The 23-year-old activist’s much-anticipated first book deftly weaves his own story with that of post-handover Hong Kong.

29 Jan 2020 - 1:32PM
Review | In William Gibson’s Agency, the future is frightening

The book’s protagonists communicate across different realities, technologies and time periods to prevent a world-ending catastrophe.

28 Jan 2020 - 8:30PM
The uncredited Chinese artist who drew Disney’s Bambi

You might not know his name, but you will know his work. Chinese immigrant Tyrus Wong was the lead production illustrator for the Disney classic film Bambi – but he never received proper recognition for his dreamy artwork.

16 Jan 2020 - 6:21PM
Review | He found 1,000 Vietnamese refugees on a beach on his day off

Les Bird’s memoir about his time in an elite unit of Hong Kong’s Marine Police, A Small Band of Men, is a humorous romp that also foreshadows darker issues the city faces today.

12 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM
The Briton who helped bring Asian literature to the world

His Make-Do Publishing translated works by Chinese authors Murong Xuecun, Chen Xiwo and Anni Baobei.

6 Jan 2020 - 3:06PM
From Elena Ferrante to Yan Lianke, the hottest books of 2020

Among the most eagerly awaited books of 2020 are titles from China’s Meng Jin, Yan Lianke and Marie Lu, as well as from names including Hilary Mantel and Elena Ferrante.

4 Jan 2020 - 4:02AM
A decade in review: the best books of the 2010s

Paper books won the battle with e-books and the international limelight shone on Asian authors.

24 Dec 2019 - 9:54AM
Review | The Korean agent who warned the US about Pearl Harbour attack

Biography of secret agent Kilsoo Haan reveals US officials dismissed a Japanese attack as ‘a product of Haan’s imagination – anti-Japanese propaganda’.

14 Dec 2019 - 8:52PM
Review | Blood Heir: the book pulled for ‘racism’ is published

The Beijing-born writer’s novel was mired in controversy because of her depictions of slavery, which upset some African-Americans early readers.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:44AM
The life-changing economics book that humanises poverty

Nobel Prize for Economics winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics inspired Marie Kretz Di Meglio to found a Hong Kong NGO for domestic helpers.

8 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM
Meet the Hong Kong poet who is wowing Britain’s literary circles

Since moving to London, Chan has been named among the top 10 most influential BAME writers in Britain. In 2017, aged 27, she became the youngest shortlisted nominee for Forward Prize for a single poem.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:15PM
Woman in the wilderness: a Dutch author’s off-grid existence

Miriam Lancewood honed her survival skills on the road in Asia and bush-bashing on New Zealand’s South Island.

1 Dec 2019 - 8:00PM
Review | Is ganbei culture dying out? American goes on a baijiu bender

Author Derek Sandhaus examines the country’s long history and present relationship with alcohol.

28 Nov 2019 - 9:42AM
Review | The Supernova Era cements Cixin Liu’s position as leader of the sci-fi pack

Absorbing story of children ruling China after adults die out in a cosmic event looks at the perils of play and has echoes in today’s generational conflicts.

27 Nov 2019 - 5:19PM
How Nepalese Gurkhas helped put down 1960s Hong Kong unrest

In Gurkha Odyssey, Peter Duffell, commander of the British forces in Hong Kong from 1989-92, tells the story of 200 years of service by the Nepalese Gurkhas. In this edited excerpt, Duffell describes a Hong Kong rocked by riots during the 1960s – events that resonate today as the city again struggles with unrest

17 Nov 2019 - 3:00PM