Linda is the internationally published author of twelve books including seven novels as well as five works of nonfiction, the latest being The Shortest History of China, which was named best book on China in 2021 by five books.com. She is also a prolific essayist, cultural commentator and literary translator (from Chinese).
All essays by Linda Jaivin
by Ravi Shankar
University of Wisconsin Press
Published November 2011
Prison and the Poet
Correctional is a migrant family story, prison memoir, record of a spiritual journey, love story, and morality tale. It is also an examination of race and policing in America and a critique of class on two continents. It is the record of an imperfect life closely and critically examined. Although personal revelations abound, author Ravi Shankar insists this book is not a ‘confessional’ but a ‘correctional’. Most simply, it is, he tells us, ‘the true story of how, in the middle of a seemingly successful life, I suddenly ended up in jail.’
City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong
by Antony Dapiran
Published March, 2020
To the Barricades
On 9 June 2019, a million people poured into the streets of Hong Kong, kicking off a protest movement that would last seven months, see pitched battles between citizens and police on tear-gassed streets, and shake the territory to its economic foundations. Bruce Lee’s ‘be water’ defined its fluid and agile tactics. But tear gas smoke, flaming Molotov cocktails, chants of ‘If we burn, you burn with us’ and the politically incendiary slogan ‘Reclaim Hong Kong, Revolution of our time!’ showed fire to be the movement’s true element.
The fires that are burning across Australia are changing this place, quite possibly forever, and with it our natural, social, cultural, and political narratives. The fires are writing new stories into the very rocks and soil of our land, this land that has always had stories engraved in rocks and soil, this always-was-always-will-be Aboriginal land. Our newest story is pyrogenic. Born of fire, it will throw green shoots out from blackness. It must.
Party Time: Who Runs China and How
by Rowan Callick
Published February, 2013
Hanging Man: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
by Barnaby Martin
Faber & Faber
Published April, 2013