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The World of a Tiny Insect: A Memoir of the Taiping Rebellion and its Aftermath
The World of a Tiny Insect: A Memoir of the Taiping Rebellion and its Aftermath
by Zhang Daye
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.88

5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem, 14 Feb. 2015
The World of a Tiny Insect††is a wonderful memoir of a childhood spent in the violence of the Taiping Rebellion. The author was 7 years when the rebellion began. He wrote his memoir in 1893 , 30 years later. It is now translated into English in 2013. The translator Tian Xiao Fei is professor of Chinese literature at Harvard University. She has usefully annotated the text. According to her she stumbled upon this manuscript when the title The World of a Tiny Insect caught her eye though it is a pity she did not give the year of her discovery. For a good history of the Taiping Rebellion i highly recommend God's Chinese Son by Jonathan Spence and Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom by Stephen R Platt .


China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
by Rana Mitter
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 22 July 2013
This is an excellent book. It is highly readable and based on extensive research. There is also a useful list of Further Reading at the end of the book.
Other readers have set out at length the scope of this book. So I wont repeat them here. I would just like to point out the question posed in the book at p 17 - " ( Since China and Japan) were 'as close as lips and teeth' how did they come to fight one of the bloodiest wars in history ? ". In my respectful view , the question has not been answered clearly in the book. The suggestion that the diffusion of power ( from the Qing government to the warlords ) encouraged the invasion of China ( p 22 ); and that the fight for influence over Korea were the cause of the invasion is not supported by the evidence.
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A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610
A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610
by R. Po-chia Hsia
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 16 July 2013
This is a 2012 book and the first critical biography of Ricci to use all relevant sources, both Chinese and Western. This is a very well-written biography. The research is thorough. For a broader perspective of the Jesuit Mission to China you should read Journey to the East by Liam Brockey.


The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man's Life in a North China Village, 1857-1942
The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man's Life in a North China Village, 1857-1942
by Henrietta Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of life in a china village from 1857 to 1942, 16 July 2013
Based on nearly 400 volumes of Liu da peng's diary and other writings recorded over 50 years , this slim book illustrates what life was like under the Manchus and under the Japanese occupation. I find this book fascinating. Harrison writes well and neatly conveyed details of every day's life in a China village in the context of momentous changes in China. Her research is thorough. I highly recommend this book.


Cheerful Weather for the Wedding [DVD] [2012]
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Felicity Jones
Price: £4.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average, 1 Mar. 2013
The premise is good. The scenery nice. Unfortunately the film somehow was not too inspiring. Perhaps there were too many characters thrown in and not enough time for character development.


Running with Fire: The True Story of Chariots of Fire Hero Harold Abrahams
Running with Fire: The True Story of Chariots of Fire Hero Harold Abrahams
by Mark Ryan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good contribution to the movie, 3 July 2012
For those who enjoyed the movie this comes at the right time with the London Olympics 2012 next month.The movie was an inspired piece of original script, wonderful directing and excellent acting.

This biography will give greater insight into the life of Harold Abrahams one of the two main characters in the movie. The writing is brisk and very readable. Photos of Harold in his running days are included. Ryan has done his research well though it is a pity he did not cite endnotes and provide a bibligraphy in his book. I would also recommend The Flying Scotsman by Sally Magnusson which is on Eric Liddel the other character in the movie.


'O Horrable Murder': Trial, Execution and Burial of King Charles I
'O Horrable Murder': Trial, Execution and Burial of King Charles I
by Robert B. Partridge
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Mar. 2012
'O Horrable Murder' is a well-written slim book on King Charles I's fight with Parliament, his imprisonment, his last days, trial, execution, and burial. For a more detailed study of the trial and in particular the life of a lawyer named John Cooke who was given the brief to prosecute Charles I do read The Tyrannicide Brief an excellent book by Geoffrey Robertson.


Malaya: 500 Early Postcards
Malaya: 500 Early Postcards
by Cheah Jin Seng
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful postcards, 29 Nov. 2011
A major defect of Malaya 500 Early Postcards is the small font of the text. This is such a pity for an otherwise excellent book. There are many wonderful postcards of Malaya. For example at page 49 is a postcard of the Methodist Boy's School KL posted in 1909 ! At page 48 is a postcard on St John School KL.

If your interest is in Malaya postcards i would also highly recommend Penang Postcard Collection 1899 - 1930s by Wade and Khoo Salma Nasution @ Ms Khoo Su Nin.


Penang Postcard Collection: 1899-1930S
Penang Postcard Collection: 1899-1930S
by Khoo Salma Wade Malcolm With Nasution
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, 29 Nov. 2011
Penang Postcard Collection 1899 - 1930s is an excellent book. The pictures of the postcards are clear. The text font is big. The text by Wade and Khoo Salma Nasution @ Ms Khoo Su Nin on the historical streets and monuments shown in the postcards is excellent.
Wade is the owner of the postcards. Khoo Salma is the writer and historian. It is obvious both of them have spent a lot of time to dig up the history behind these postcards. Do read this book before you explore George Town on foot. An excellent article on this book came out in the Malaysian newspaper Star 13 March 2005.


Mourinho: Further Anatomy of a Winner
Mourinho: Further Anatomy of a Winner
by Patrick Barclay
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 23 Nov. 2011
This newly-released book (25 Aug 2011) is an update on an earlier book by Barclay titled Mourinho: Anatomy Of A Winner published in 2005. The story is updated to Jose's time in Italy and his first season in Spain from 2010-2011. Written in true journalistic style you get the anecdotes and the quotes. Do not expect a full biography. This is a book for Mourinho's fans and for those curious as to his management style and his methods to achieve success in the highly stressful life of a top football manager.


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