Books

Three books on design – from vegan interiors to Japanese craftsmanship

Formgiving by BIG, Naomi Pollock’s Japanese Design Since 1945, and Vegan Interior Design by Aline Dürr look at how we shape, and are shaped by, the world around us.

17 Jan 2021 - 5:28PM
Has Covid-19 changed our relationship with the office forever?

As the coronavirus forces desk jockeys worldwide to work from home, in his latest book, The Momentous, Uneventful Day, Australian author Gideon Haigh explores the pros and cons of being freed from the office.

16 Jan 2021 - 8:15PM
Cinderella for the 21st century, and other takes on fairy tales

The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin, Claudia Schwabe’s Craving Supernatural Creatures, and Gender: A World History by Susan Kingsley Kent offer different takes on traditional tales.

10 Jan 2021 - 4:50AM
What if Rapunzel were a man, and other gender-swapped fairy tales

In Gender Swapped Fairy Tales, Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett, hope to raise awareness of the complex and subconscious associations of gender.

11 Jan 2021 - 10:06AM
What does our appetite for thrillers reveal about us?

If the trend for Gothic novels reflected the revolutions of the era, what does our appetite for psychological thrillers say about the fears and complex reality of the 21st century?

23 Dec 2020 - 6:16AM
Three books to guide you through the end of 2020

Katherine May argues the benefits of ‘wintering’ in her book of the same name, James Nestor experiments with the ‘lost art’ of breathing in Breath, and The Best of Brevity presents a collection of snappy non-fiction.

19 Dec 2020 - 3:50PM
It says a lot about 2020 that even Scrooge seems reasonable

In the Covid-19 era even classic Christmas stories, such as Dickens’ three seasonal tales, take on new connotations.

17 Dec 2020 - 5:19PM
Review | Rent a Boyfriend: an Asian-American romantic comedy

Gloria Chao’s latest novel tells the story of Chloe Wang, a student who hires a fake partner to divert her parents’ attention from her single status.

14 Dec 2020 - 4:18PM
A history of Chinese ‘coolies’ is one of poverty, piracy and emigration

In Coolie Ships of the Chinese Diaspora (1846-1874), John Asome explores the trade of indentured labourers from Chinese ports to Cuba, Peru and the West Indies.

8 Dec 2020 - 4:05PM
Review | How do you tell the story of China?

Telling the history of China in fewer than 600 pages inevitably involves compromises, but Michael Wood’s evocative and readable book swoops through the dynasties with both broad strokes and personal stories.

7 Dec 2020 - 5:58PM
Three books on feminism – from abortion rights to toxic masculinity

Caitlin Moran gets serious in More Than A Woman, abortion provider Dr Meera Shah takes on the stigma surrounding the procedure in You’re the Only One I’ve Told, and with Untamed, Glennon Doyle details the deconstruction and reconstruction of her family.

30 Nov 2020 - 11:22AM
I Hate Men: the book that France tried to ban

Pauline Harmange’s polemic against men, with all its contradictions and incompleteness, would not have come to the world’s attention had it not been for a man intent on taking offence without even reading it.

28 Nov 2020 - 3:41PM
Review | If our lives are lived online, do we still have a right to privacy?

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff, explores how our data is used for corporate profit, Sarah E. Igo’s The Known Citizen looks at Americans’ perception of privacy, and The Lost Family, by Libby Copeland, studies the ethics of genetic testing.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:57AM
Review | Privacy is Power: why tech companies are interested in ‘nobodies’

In her latest book, Oxford professor Carissa Véliz explains why ‘data-hungry institutions’ hoover up our personal information – and how to regain control.

21 Nov 2020 - 1:15PM
How art book publisher Taschen stays relevant at 40

Chief executive Marlene Taschen on her love of ‘the Asian spirit’, her unconventional upbringing and how Taschen is celebrating its anniversary.

19 Nov 2020 - 7:15PM
Review | Marilyn Chin writes for ‘wild-girl’ Chinese-Americans

Drawn from a prodigious career of poetry and advocacy, A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a masterclass in formal play, allusion and wit.

17 Nov 2020 - 10:52AM
Review | On Lighthouses and The Last Story of Mina Lee

Mexico City-born writer Jazmina Barrera explores lighthouses around the world and in literature, while Nancy Jooyoun Kim’s debut novel takes the reader through grief, racism, the Korean war, family separation and more.

16 Nov 2020 - 7:24PM
How Much of These Hills is Gold: Chinese take on American western

Longlisted for the Booker Prize, American-Chinese author C Pam Zhang’s novel takes a timely look at racism in the US through the eyes of two Chinese orphans.

16 Nov 2020 - 4:15PM
Review | In Strange Beasts of China, fantastic creatures live among humans

Yan Ge’s novel, translated from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang, follows a cryptozoologist who is tasked with learning about the beasts of a fictional city and in uncovering their stories, discovers more about herself, too.

9 Nov 2020 - 4:54PM