Looking for a good book to read? We are big bookworms here at EL and love the regular suggestions of new notable and reads from the team at Bookazine. So if you are looking for something for yourself – or your book club – this selection includes something for foodies along with a look at Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, for the kids there is the latest in the Alice-Miranda series, as well as books which will make great gifts or mementoes of time in Hong Kong.
Deliciously Ella with Friends | Ella Mills
Calling all foodies! Ella Mills, the inspirational bestselling food writer, is back with new, healthy recipes for every foodie occasion, including cosy nights in for one, easy kitchen suppers, flavoursome feasts, picnics and more.
Mastering Civility | Christine Porath
This book combines scientific research with evidence from popular culture and fields such as neuroscience, medicine and psychology to provide managers and employers with a much-needed wake-up call about improving the quality of their workplaces. A must-read for anyone who manages a team.
The Upstarts | Brad Stone
A look inside the New Silicon Valley, from the bestselling author of The Everything Store. Like that book, which was a forensic examination into the phenomenal growth of Amazon, The Upstarts takes an insider’s look into other startups that are turning established industries upside down and inside out.
My Not so Perfect Life | Sophie Kinsella
Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella’s trademark wit and wisdom are present here, in a fresh story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth. Part love story, part workplace drama, it’s a critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world.
No Wall Too High | Xu Hongci
The author of this true tale was a student at a Shanghai medical college when he found himself a victim of Mao Zedong’s Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957, condemned to spend 14 years in a labour reform camp. Yet Xu was determined to escape – and did so after three failed attempts. Historical narrative meets prison-break thriller.
Alice-Miranda in China | Jacqueline Harvey
In this new addition to the bestselling series, AliceMiranda and her friends are on a school exchange in China. Among the whirlwind of sights are a breathtaking circus show and an encounter with acrobats. Still, not everyone’s having a great time. Throw in the theft of a priceless antiquity, and sparks are set to fly.
A Series of Unfortunate Events | Lemony Snicket
Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and charming children, yet they’re also exceptionally unlucky. In the first two books alone, they encounter a repulsive villain, a disastrous fire, and a plot to steal their fortune. In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy.
My Hong Kong Alphabet | Sarah & Luke Garner
This children’s board book is a collection of family memories from Hong Kong that educates and reinforces experiences with young children; it’s a perfect gift or keepsake for those leaving the city, either after a short visit or an extended stint.
The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster | Sarah Brennan
Rickshaw Rooster is a proud and noisy rooster living in 1920s Shanghai. When the Annual Race along the famous Bund is announced, winning is a matter of pride for Shanghai’s international Concessions. But Rickshaw Rooster has other ideas! Will the foreigners win again, or will a local hero carry the day?
Enjoy Hong Kong
Colour, play and explore Hong Kong with this 30-page activity book, ideal for kids aged four to 10. They’ll puzzle over cunning word games, join the dots to uncover iconic images and even practice their Chinese characters. It’s an ideal companion for kids to discover more about this magical city.
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