George Orwell is the poster boy of anti-totalitarianism. This collection of essays written by several award-winning authors demonstrates the transcendence of Orwell's intellectual legacy. In its critique of contemporary social justice issues, it is frighteningly clear Orwell's fictional tyranny Oceania isn't as distant as one might think. Compiled by Christopher G. Moore, award-winning author of the Vincent Calvino private eye series set in Bangkok, this easy-read is engaging and polemic. It is refreshing in its application of Orwellian themes of control, power, censorship and authority to global temporal issues. One example is Colin Cotteril, author of the Dr Siri Paiboun mystery series, tackling the treatment of Burmese migrants in Thailand. In another essay Matt Ree, who as a journalist covered the Middle East for more than a decade, applies Orwellian thought to the justification of murder during the Arab Spring. What is so engaging about this collection is the tangible legacy of Orwellian thought, and the need to question freedom and control within today's information infused landscape. At a time when truth is of the essence, this anthology celebrates the Orwellian adage, "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear".
_ Olivia Caisley
In a city where street food is the lifeblood running through its veins and stalls punctuate every corner, it can be overwhelming separating the wheat from the chaff. This guidebook is everything you need to navigate the constellation of street food vendors in Bangkok's Chinatown. Separated into zones, this book includes everything you need to know, with detailed maps, price guides, speciality dishes and the backstories of restaurants that have been popular for generations. It is user-friendly and perfect for expats and tourists keen to eat as the locals do. Written by Sarawaj Nui, the former head of the Traffic Police Unit at Phlapphla Chai 2, he shares with us his inside knowledge of the best eating experiences whilst celebrating the best Thai-Chinese cuisine has to offer. What's more, all proceeds will be donated to the Police General Hospital for the purchase of medical equipment.
_ Olivia Caisley