One of the good things about airport bookshops in strange places is that they often stock books that I wouldn’t otherwise come across, and my two picks – from Dubai – were both worth the price. The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan is a fun read. Set in Mumbai,… Read more »
`Exercise pill’ could deliver benefits of fitness in tablet form says a headline in yesterday’s Guardian. It sounds like more of a threat than a promise. In the last few days, I’ve Crewed on a yacht, juggling poles and sails on an under-crewed foredeck (and not done a very good job of it), Been for a short,… Read more »
Hong Kong Future Perfect meet the authors night. I’ll be there. As I’m one of them.
Hong Kong Future Perfect, a collection of twenty stories about the Hong Kong of the future, was launched last night. I’m still reading the others, but here’s how my contribution starts… — Twenty Three Making lasagna is always an adventure, and George likes to give Fan a thrill now and again. And what better way to celebrate the… Read more »
Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne and In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner are both, as it happens, set in Cambodia. And there the similarity ends – but there are plenty of reviews that will explain why. What prompted this post was the points of view from which they were written,… Read more »
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra is a great book, and deserves all the praise that’s been heaped on it. You can find reviews of it all over the place. What I want to add is a little different. In the author’s notes, Anthony says that he re-typed his book four times to get to the… Read more »