Fiction Friday

I think I’m making progress. At one point today one of my hands did come somewhere close to touching one of my toes (in yoga that is, not whilst doing the weekly shop at Tescos).

Reading those two yoga books whilst sitting on the sofa with a nice cup of tea has obviously done me the world of good.

I’m still working my way through Bring Up the Bodies so in honour of Chinese New Year I thought I’d share a few books (some non-fiction) that are relevant and timely

For the Young Reader


This is a nice, easy introduction to some of the main Chinese festivals, including activities and crafts. Nicely illustrated.


This was sent to us by friends who lived in Singapore. There are five books in the set, providing a gentle introduction to life in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Bali. I did try to persuade the family that actually visiting Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Bali would be a fab introduction to life there but it seems we’re sticking with just reading about it for now 😉


I find this book a little bit “worthy”, but the kids really engaged with the colourful, comic-strip illustrations, and it does give a lot of information along the way.

For the Grown Ups


This was Amy Tan’s fourth novel, and it really struck a chord with me. The story centres around the difficult relationship between a Chinese-American woman and her Chinese mother, the extra strain put on that relationship when the mother starts to suffer from Alzheimer’s, and how greater understanding of her mother comes when the daughter gets her mother’s autobiography translated and learns of her early life and hardships in China. Beautifully written, evocative, a compulsive read

Gung Hay Fat Choi!


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