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Book Reflections – The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

A lot has already been written about happiness and living the good life. Jonathan Haidt is very well placed to write about happiness and this is the best book that … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Country Driving by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler worked in China from 2000 to 2007 for The New Yorker but he had already moved to China in 1996 with the Peace Corps. He applied for and … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Lost and found by Brooke Davis

Lost and Found is the debut novel by the Australian writer Brooke Davis who wrote the book as part of her PhD project. Davis wrote the book after her mother … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Behind the Wall by Colin Thubron 

Colin Thubron is my favourite travel writer. Thubron travelled 10,000 miles around China in 1987 from Beijing all the way down the coast to Guangzhou, to Jinghong on the border with Burma, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

The novel Beijing Coma by Ma Jian follows two parallel streams, both moving chronologically through the novel and intertwining every 1 to 6 pages. Both streams are narrated in the … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Leap of Faith by Queen Noor

Lisa Halaby grew up in the USA with a Swedish-American mother and an Arab-American father. Her father was an influential man involved in the air industry and governance, at one … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist is a captivating novel that I found difficult to put down. Set in Amsterdam in 1687, the novel follows four tumultuous months in the lives of a wealthy … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – Tomorrow to be Brave by Susan Travers

Susan Travers was awarded 12 medals for her bravery and service to the Free French Army in WWII. After the war she joined the French Foreign Legion so that she … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – My Amazon Adventure by Sebastian Snow

Sebastian Snow journeyed to Peru in 1951 at the age of twenty-one. He accepted a job to collected readings from scientific instruments at the source of one of the Amazon … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell

Gertrude Bell is my hero. The books that she wrote about her extraordinary journeys through the Levant and Mesopotamia filled me with awe at her adventurous spirit, her life outside … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 6 Comments