Books We Love... Our Team's All-Time Favourites
Our team is quite diverse, hailing from many different places, with varied interest, and an ecclectic mix of favourite authors and books. Here's a low down on us and some of our all-time favourites. Do check out our Recommended Reads table when in store :)
Cui (pronounced "tsuei") grew up in Singapore and moved to London in 2007. She's passionate about the arts, anthropology, and social action, and can't live without books, music, coffee, and the Internet. (Goodreads profile: http://goodreads.com/tsuei)
Southeast/east Asian literature; memory; pop sociology; migration & diaspora; social anthropology; transnationalism; identity; neoliberalism; space; religion; cities.
Haruki Murakami, Cyril Wong, Hermann Hesse, San Mao, George Orwell, Anton Chekhov, Albert Camus, Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman.
The Elephant Vanishes (Haruki Murakami)
Underground (Haruki Murakami)
Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse)
like a seed with its singular purpose (Cyril Wong)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
Melissa grew up in North Italy and came to London in 2008. Currently she is studying a BA in English Literature.
As a child she developed a passion for telling stories with her aunt, who she regards as her role model. She started writing short stories when she was 8 years old. She has been writing ever since. Her family and her background constitute a great source of inspiration as a starting point for many of her stories written in both Italian and English. To read Melissa's work, go to her blog.
Languages, different cultures and books. Melissa also likes wandering about in her garden where she often finds strange objects and creatures. She is also a big fan of sweet and sour food, strawberry sweeties and sleeping.
The Door (Magda Szabó)
Nausea (Jean Paul Sartre)
the clown (Heinrich Theodor Böll)
The Lover (Marguerite Duras)
The Land of Green Plums (Herta Muller)
The Hearing Trumpet (Leonora Carrington)
Scarlet grew up in Hong Kong. She moved to London in the summer of 2012 after living in Taipei for almost four years. Scarlet comes from a journalist background.
She has tried a bit of everything (writing poems, painting, playing the keyboard, singing, taking photographs…) in her attempt to commune with her inner self. She finds that the best way to understand herself is to care for and get involved with people around her. She has a genuine interest in listening to people’s stories.
Hermann Hesse, Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro (and many never-heard-of-in-the-UK Chinese writers)
Demian (Hermann Hesse)
Hard-boiled Wonderland and The End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery)
Life is Elsewhere (Milan Kundera)
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