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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.

Adults

Foodies will love this cookbook
Foodies will love this cookbook

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.

Book: A good guide for managers
A good guide for managers

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.

A great book for those with an interest in Silicon Valley
A great book for those with an interest in Silicon Valley

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.

Book: One for the chick-lit fans
One for the chick-lit fans

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.

This book, based on a true story, will grip readers
This book, based on a true story, will grip readers

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.

Kids

Alice-Miranda fans will love this book
Alice-Miranda fans will love this book

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.

Book: The Lemony Snicket series has long delighted its fans
The Lemony Snicket series has long delighted its fans

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.

This board book is suitable for younger readers
This board book is suitable for younger readers

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.

One of author Sarah Brennan's popular kids' books
One of author Sarah Brennan’s popular kids’ books

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?

An activity book is always a great gift
An activity book is always a great gift

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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This article first appeared in the Feb/Mar edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.

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