If there’s one thing we all need in Hong Kong – it’s a good book to escape the hectic life we all lead here! So, to save you trawling the shelves of your local bookshop, we’ve rounded up 10 new and notable books to snuggle up with, recommended by the team at Bookazine.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line | Deepa Anappara
When a schoolboy goes missing, nine-year-old Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he’s picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. This is award-winning journalist Anappara’s debut novel.
Three Hours | Rosamund Lupton
In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, a school is under siege. Children and teachers barricade themselves inside, while parents gather, desperate for news. In three intense hours, all must find the courage to save the people they love.
Untold Night and Day | Bae Suah (transl. Deborah Smith)
Kim Ayami works at Seoul’s only audio theatre for the blind but now the theatre is shutting down. After her last shift, she joins her former boss to search for a mutual friend who has disappeared. Order soon gives way to chaos and the edges of reality start to fray.
Capital and Ideology | Thomas Piketty
The bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanised global debate about inequality. This audacious follow-up challenges us to revolutionise how we think about politics, ideology, and history.
You’re Not Listening | Kate Murphy
New York Times contributor Murphy draws on conversations with everyone from priests and CIA interrogators to bartenders – even her friend’s toddler – to show how only by listening well can we truly connect with others.
Uncanny Valley | Anna Wiener
Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of a bygone era, Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune and accelerating political power.
Loveboat, Taipei | Abigail Hing Wen
Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. Gone is the strict educational programme in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds herself at Loveboat, a summer-long freefor-all where hook-ups abound, adults turn a blind eye, and the nightlife runs nonstop.
The Wizenard Series: Season One |Created by Kobe Bryant, written by Wesley King
A legacy of the beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, this followup to a New York Times bestseller is a story of strain and sacrifice, supernatural breakthroughs, and supreme dedication to the game.
Unlocking the Universe | Lucy & Stephen Hawking
In the George series of books, Lucy and Stephen Hawking imagined what adventures one boy might have if he travelled through space. Now they expand on that series with a beautifully illustrated children’s guide to the universe.
Here in the Real World | Sara Pennypacker
Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”, being left alone. But his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he meets Jolene, a secretive girl planting a garden in an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon, the two misfits join forces.
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This article first appeared in the Spring 2020 of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.