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.
Leave the World Behind | Rumaan Alam
A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong. An impossibly compelling literary thriller about the world we live in now. Soon to be a Netflix adaptation starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.
Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times | Katherine May
This is a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life – times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. May shows us how, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life.
The Changing World Order | Ray Dalio
Bestselling author and legendary investor Dalio has spent half a century studying global markets. Here, he examines history’s most turbulent economic and political periods to reveal why the future will likely be radically different from what we’ve experienced so far.
A Promised Land | Barack Obama
A riveting personal account of history in the making, from a man who inspired many to believe in the power of democracy. This first volume of presidential memoirs tells the story Obama’s improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.
The Gifts of Reading Curated | Jennie Orchard
Inspired a Robert Macfarlane essay, this compilation sees the world’s most beloved novelists, nonfiction writers and poets discuss the joy of reading, giving and receiving books. Ten percent of proceeds go to global literacy non-profit, Room to Read.
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The Ickabog | J.K. Rowling
The Ickabog is coming… A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship, from one of the world’s best storytellers.
5 More Sleeps ’til Christmas | Jimmy Fallon
Make the week before Christmas more fun by counting how many sleeps until the arrival of Santa and his reindeer. Host of The Tonight Show and bestselling author Fallon returns with this sweet and spirited Christmas picture book.
The Hospital Dog | Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
A big-hearted tale about a special and brave dog. Dot loves visiting the children of Wallaby Ward and they’re always pleased to see her wagging tail, too. But the work of a hospital dog doesn’t stop there; when a patient is in trouble, Dot must save the day!
Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1) | Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen, illustrated by Daniel Casanave
Featuring 256 pages of colour illustrations and easy-to-understand text, this adaptation of the international bestselling and mind expanding book introduces Harari’s ideas to a wide new readership.
The Cousins | Karen M McManus
The rich and beautiful Story family are envied by neighbours, until the four children are suddenly disinherited by their mother with one sentence: “You know what you did”. Years later, 18-year-old cousins Aubrey, Milly and Jonah Story receive an invitation that may help unravel the mystery.
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This article first appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.