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The Taiwan Railway: 1966–1970 & The Taiwan Railway: 1971–2002 • Loren Aandahl

Taiwan is a superb destination for rail fans: there’s the new bullet train, Taipei’s showcase MRT, the scenic East Coast railways, the busy main trunk western line, quaint branch lines, and the magnificent Alishan narrow-gauge forestry railway, which climbs a stunning two-thousand meters. Not that you’d know that from the [...]

Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai • Robert Bickers

Some books get under your skin, keep you awake at night long after you’ve finished reading them. This biography of a policeman in Shanghai’s International Settlement in the 1920s and 1930s is such a book. Richard Maurice Tinkler, recently demobbed from First World War service, is back in England looking [...]

Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China • Hilary Spurling

It’s odd that Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) isn’t better known today. As a Nobel Prize-winning author and tireless human rights campaigner, she deserves to be an icon for modern Western progressives. And deserving aside, she simply had an extraordinary life that makes for one hell of a gripping story. With [...]