In the Land of Pagodas • Alfred Raquez

In the Land of Pagodas: A Classic Account of Travel in Hong Kong, Macao, Shanghai, Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou

by Alfred Raquez (Edited and translated by William L. Gibson and Paul Bruthiaux)

Long out of print in the original French, this travel account of China at the end of the nineteenth century […]

By |May 19th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Search for a Vanishing Beijing: A Guide to China’s Capital Through the Ages • Michael A. Aldrich

This is a tremendously enjoyable book; reading it feels like going for a stroll through Old Peking with a companion who is a cross between Peter Hopkirk and Mark Twain. On the very first page of the book, Aldrich lays out his stall with an explanation of the use of […]

By |May 6th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Author Interview: Tim Symonds

Englishman Tim Symonds is the author of five Sherlock Holmes novels, most recently the highly enjoyable Sherlock Holmes and the Nine-Dragon Sigil, which takes Holmes and Watson to the Forbidden City in Peking during the last days of the Qing dynasty. 

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What does the “Nine-Dragon Sigil” in the book title refer […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Author interviews|0 Comments

India in the Chinese Imagination • John Kieschnick and Meier Shahar, eds.

In India in the Chinese Imagination, an excellent collection of essays published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, eleven scholars examine the way that Indian ideas have influenced the mythology, religion, and thought of China. The book is divided into three sections: Indian Mythology and the Chinese Imagination, India in […]

By |March 5th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Intruder in Mao’s Realm: An Englishman’s eyewitness account of 1970s China • Richard Kirkby

Ever visited places on your overseas travels and felt that you were ten or twenty years too late? I have, often, but not with China. I first went there in 1995 and it was bad enough; a decade or two earlier would have meant even dirtier toilets, even worse transportation, […]

By |December 28th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Sherlock Holmes and the Nine-Dragon Sigil • Tim Symonds

Late at night and easing your way through a bottle, have you ever been blessed by a flash of literary genius? Perhaps an idea for a novel, let’s say, a Sherlock Holmes story set in Asia? Alas, you’re hardly halfway through the celebratory follow-up bottle when a few cursory internet […]

By |December 24th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

China and the New Maoists • Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen

We’ve all seen pictures featuring the giant portrait of Mao Zedong in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace overlooking Tiananmen Square. But this kind of imagery is surprisingly rare; one of the reasons that particular portrait is so overused is the lack of alternatives to photograph. Forty years after […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Live at the Forbidden City: Musical Encounters in China and Taiwan • Dennis Rea

Between the time when the Maoist stranglehold loosened and the rise of the globalized Internet-connected China, there was an age of undreamed-of possibilities. And unto this came American musician Dennis Rea like a time traveller from the future, guitar in hand, bearing the dubious gifts of progressive rock and free […]

By |December 17th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Trickle-Down Censorship: An Outsider’s Account of Working Inside China’s Censorship Regime • JFK Miller

China’s censors can be a sensitive bunch.

Once upon a time, I worked as an “Editorial Assistant” on a tier-2 city expat rag. Though little more than a glorified copy writer and far removed from the forefront of cutting journalism (my biggest scoop was tracking down the reservation number of a […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Lust & Philosophy • Isham Cook

Lust & Philosophy is Isham Cook’s first novel and radically different from his other books. Isham’s previously published works were anthologies of either short stories or critical essays, but this time he has attempted to create a full-length semi-autobiographical novel with academic references so deep you’ll need an excavator to […]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments