Jonathan Mirsky

Barmy Weather

Flipping the world on its axis, moon dwellers and giant canons? A new translation of a lost Jules Verne masterpiece of course

Still Haunted by the Ghost of Mao

Despite China's prosperity, the People's Republic remains in the grip of the monstrous ideology of its founder

The Long Shadow of Tiananmen

An eye-witness of the massacre says its malign legacy persists 20 years on

China’s Rural Nightmare

As the global economic crisis hits home, Beijing faces what the country's rulers have always feared - a peasants' revolt

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"