Mike Cormack

Poetic miniatures: A Lover’s Discourse, by Xiaolu Guo, reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The novelist, memoirist and film-maker Xiaolu Guo writes with tremendous delicacy and nuance about migration, language, alienation, and love. A…

Anglo-Chinese misunderstanding: an Oxford don visits 1960s Beijing

29 February 2020 9:00 am

This book is a rather startling depiction of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s involvement with the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU), his sponsored…

Entente hostile: China, Japan and Korea

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The mutual animosity of the Far East Asian nations can strike some as baffling, given their shared history and cultures,…

The Adulterants: a caustic take on London’s brutal property market

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Often a blurb exaggerates, but rarely does it fundamentally misrepresent (unless it contains the words ‘In the tradition of…’). The…

The keys to Chinese

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The history of industry is the story of the reduction of complexity to easily manageable, replicable components or actions. But…