Monday 28 September 2015

Thursday 24 September 2015

Indie Spotlight: Nicki Chen

Indie Spotlight is our monthly column on self-publishing. This month Siobhan Daiko interviews Nicki Chen about her debut novel, Tiger Tail Soup: a novel of China at war.  When the first bombs fall, An Lee is pregnant and her husband is missing. He won't be home for another seven years. It's up to An Lee to protect her family. Surrounded by the Japanese military, An Lee struggles to survive, enduring hunger, loneliness, and fear. Then, on December 7, 1941, the enemy invades and occupies their little island on the coast of China, and An Lee's strength is put to the test…

Sunday 20 September 2015

The Sunday Post

A rojak* of items that caught my eye this week…

Seen Elsewhere: Discussion Of The Man Booker Shortlist
I wanted to give links to coverage of the Man Booker shortlist by publications within Asia - but it seems to have received very little coverage in our part of the globe. But here are a couple of pieces you may find interesting.

Doom and gloom make the cut: International Business Times (headquartered in the USA.)

If you want to follow the betting odds click here.

Jackie Collins Dies
It has just been announced that Jackie Collins, the internationally bestselling author of Hollywood tales, who was particularly successful in the 1980s, has died overnight of breast cancer. See here for coverage by People magazine -  no doubt many more obituaries and tributes will appear today. 

Blog Spot
Each week I invite the administrator of a relevant and interesting-sounding blog to write a paragraph. This week, nobody has been in touch, and so there is no Blog Spot. A pity. Do you run a blog you think may be of interest to readers of Asian Books Blog, and which you’d like to see featured here?  If so, please get in touch, preferably via e-mail Thanks. If you don't run a relevant blog, but you know somebody who does, perhaps you could pass the message on?  Again, thanks.

Twitter Spot
Each week I make a suggestion of an interesting Twitter account you may like to follow.  This week, Asia House, @asiahouseuk.  Asia House is based in London. Its mission is to bring the UK and Asia closer through business, policy, politics, arts and cultural events. It hosts an annual literary festival, and is active in promoting literature of Asian interest.

*A rojak is a Singaporean salad. Like Asian Books Blog on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter: @asianbooksblog

Thursday 17 September 2015

Lion City Lit: We Rose Up Slowly by Jon Gresham

Asian Books Blog is based in Singapore. Lion City Lit explores what’s going on in the City-State, lit-wise. Here Jon Gresham talks about We Rose Up Slowly, his debut collection of short stories, published by Math Paper Press, a local publishing house dedicated to promoting poetry and literary fiction. It is run by the same people who run BooksActually, an independent book shop which is well-known in Singapore.

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Just Quickly

The Man Booker Prize for fiction 2015 shortlist is revealed here

Published Today: Dancing Through Red Dust by Murong Xuecun

About the book
Dancing Through Red Dust tells the story of lawyer Wei Da, who is forced to go on the run after an accident leaves his girlfriend’s blackmailing ex-lover dead. He destroys evidence, hides his assets and plans to flee China but his desperate bid for freedom ends in anguish when he is arrested and sent to the notorious Cao River Remand Centre.

Sunday 13 September 2015

Saturday 12 September 2015

Just Quickly...

You may be interested in this piece I wrote for the UK Telegraph, on book subscription services for expats, if so click here.

Friday 11 September 2015

Indie Spotlight: Translation opportunities for indie authors

Indie Spotlight is our monthly column on self-publishing. This month Siobhan Daiko explains how to get indie titles translated.

Sunday 6 September 2015