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Bestselling & New Arrivals

History of Imperial China Book Series

History of Imperial China Book Series

The standard multivolume history of China has long been the magisterial, exhaustive Cambridge History of China. Now Harvard University Press has announced a six-volume series that will cover the rise, development, and decline of dynastic China from the second century B.C.E. through the early 20th century in an up-to-date, compact, and approachable way.

The Green Phoenix

The Green Phoenix

Alice Poon

With the fate of East Asia hanging in the balance, one Mongolian woman manipulated her lovers, sons and grandsons through war and upheaval to create an empire that lasted for 250 years. The Green Phoenix tells the story of the Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, born a Mongolian princess who became a consort in the Manchu court and then the Qing Dynasty's first matriarch. She lived through harrowing threats, endless political crises, personal heartaches and painful losses to lead a shaky Empire out of a dead end.

The Great Ride of China

The Great Ride of China

Buck Perley

The Great Ride of China is the story of Buck Perley and Amy Mathieson's 21,000-mile, record-breaking trip around one of the world's oldest and most diverse countries. What started out as an idea for a month long road trip, became a journey that took the couple from the grass plains of Inner Mongolia to the deserts of Xinjiang and up to the Rooftop of the World in the Himalayas.

I Ching

I Ching

The I Ching, or Book of Change, has been consulted through the ages, in both China and the West, for answers to fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. The oldest extant book of divination, it dates back three thousand years to ancient shamanistic practices involving the ritual preparation of the shoulder bones of oxen. From this early form of communication with the other world, it has become the Chinese spiritual book par excellence.

Classical Chinese Poetry

Classical Chinese Poetry

David Hinton

The Chinese poetic tradition is the largest and longest continuous tradition in world literature, and this rich and far-reaching anthology of nearly five hundred poems provides a comprehensive account of its first three millennia (1500 BCE to 1200 CE), the period during which virtually all its landmark developments took place. Unlike earlier anthologies of Chinese poetry, Hinton's book focuses on a relatively small number of poets, providing selections that are large enough to re-create each as a fully realized and unique voice. New introductions to each poet's work provide a readable history, told for the first time as a series of poetic innovations forged by a series of master poets.

Border Town

Border Town

Shen Congwen

New in the Harper Perennial Modern Chinese Classics series, Border Town is a classic Chinese novel banned by Mao’s regime that captures the ideals of rural China through the moving story of a young woman and her grandfather. Originally published in 1934 by author Shen Congwen, this beautifully written novel tells the story of Cuicui, a young country girl who is coming of age in rural China in the tumultuous time before the communist revolution.

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy

Feng Youlan

From the sage-kings of ancient China to the 1911 overthrow of the oldest monarchical system in the world, Chinese philosophy has evolved and influenced schools of thought around the world. In an accessible voice, A Short History of Chinese Philosophy clearly illuminates Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, Yin-Yang, and more. For those interested in philosophy or Asian studies, this is the perfect window into ancient and modern Chinese ideology.

A Force That Takes

A Force That Takes

Edward Ragg

Edward Ragg is a poet based in Beijing, whose compelling poetry is melodic and yet brimming with life. His use of delicately precise metaphor and personification are thought-provoking. With poems set in contemporary Vancouver and Beijing, A Force That Takes is Ragg’s first published collection of poetry. He has lived in Beijing since 2007, and currently teaches at Tsinghua University. He has also won the 2012 Cinnamon Press Poetry Award.

Xi Jinping: Red China, the Next Generation

Xi Jinping: Red China, the Next Generation

Agnes Andresy

Xi Jinping’s journey in becoming the undisputed leader of China has been tumultuous. In Xi Jinping: Red China, the Next Generation, Agnes Andresy studies the origins of the Party’s top leader and his rise to power. In her latest work, Andresy also questions China under Xi’s leadership. Will he prioritise a Reform, or will he direct China towards a Western form of government? Agnes Andresy is a business consultant and strategic researcher on China. Her previous works include: “Red princelings: The new leaders of China” (2004) and “Who’s Hu: The politics and networks of Hu Jintao, president of China” (2008).

The Kingdom of Speech

The Kingdom of Speech

Tom Wolfe

In Tom Wolfe’s latest book, the controversial and always entertaining author challenges what we think we know about speech and human evolution. Wolfe has written a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech –not evolution, is responsible for humanity’s complex societies and achievements. The Kingdom of Speech is a beautifully written and curiously entertaining book on the debate over language and evolution.

Gifts and Stationery

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Never one to rest on its laurels, The Bookworm has extended its shop beyond merely books. We offer a selection of cards, notebooks, diaries, maps, guidebooks, phrasebooks, mugs and scarves, so shopping for those year-round birthday presents has never been easier.

Book Club Picks – China-focus

With so many good reads out there, selecting a good range of titles for your book club can be daunting, so we’ve done it for you and here are our suggestions.

Fortress Besieged

Fortress Besieged

Qian Zhongshu

On the liner back, Fang's life becomes deeply entangled with those of two Chinese beauties - while when he does finally make it home, he obtains a teaching post at a newly established university, encounters effete pseudo-intellectuals, and falls into a marriage of disastrous proportions. A glorious tale of love, marriage, war, calamity, disillusionment and hope, this is one of the greatest Chinese novels: combining Eastern philosophy, Western traditions, adventure, tragicomedy and satire to create a unique feast of delights.

Death Fugue

Death Fugue

Sheng Keyi

Published for the first time in English by Giramondo, Death Fugue is the bold attempt by a prominent Chinese novelist to confront the legacy of protest and suppression which haunts her generation. Sheng Keyi was born in Hunan province in 1973 and lives in Beijing. Death Fugue is her sixth novel, and the second to be published in English translation, after Northern Girls (2012).

Lotus

Lotus

Zhang Lijia

The lotus flower is a novel subject. But most of the characters' experiences and stories are based on a large number of real life stories. The story is humorous and thought-provoking. It has acutely captured the living conditions of Chinese women who are in contradiction between Chinese tradition and modernity. This is a more tragic work than Zhang Chiyan (Leslie Chang), a factory woman worker. It's the other side of the life of women migrant workers who walk out of factories and into brothels.

Death’s End

Death’s End

Liu Cixin

Book 3 of 3 in the Three-Body Problem Series: Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early twenty-first century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

A Hero Born: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 1

A Hero Born: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 1

Jin Yong

Guo Jing, son of a murdered Song patriot, grew up with Genghis Khan's army. He is humble, loyal, perhaps not altogether wise, and is fated from birth to one day confront an opponent who is the opposite of him in every way: privileged, cunning and flawlessly trained in the martial arts.

Wish Lanterns

Wish Lanterns

In Wish Lantern, we see the main characters grow up and we immidiately sympathize and become attached to them. All the chapters in this novel flow together seamlessly, so that the feelings and personal experiences of the main characters delicately intertwine.

Heat & Light

Heat & Light

Jennifer Haigh

In her latest novel, Haigh enlighten readers with the business of fracking and its effects on the residents of Bakerton, Pennsylvania. Heat & Light is a multilayered drama on human perspectives on the controversial subject that is fracking. An important yet entertaining environmental drama!

That Man in Our Lives

That Man in Our Lives

Xu Xi

A witty novel about the effects of globalization in China, and what it means to lose the most fundamental dynamic of one's existence. Xu Xi takes readers into a journey of two polarizing cultures. Definitely a page-turner!

The Empire of The Sun

The Empire of The Sun

J.G.Ballard

The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China.

The Incarnations

The Incarnations

Susan Barker

Hailed as “China’s Midnight’s Children” (The Independent) this “brilliant, mind-expanding, and wildly original novel” (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate.Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you.

Reviews

Street of Eternal Happiness

Street of Eternal Happiness

Rob Schmitz

Rob Schmitz, Marketplace’s China correspondent, sympathetically explores the life of ordinary Chinese people living in the same neighbourhood as him. It is a book that will undoubtedly expand your perceptions of contemporary China.

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