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Beijing Smog -- A satirical take on China today
An evening with author Ian Williams

Book Launch

7pm, Wednesday September 20, 2017
Members: free, Non-members 450 Baht, Thai journalists and Students with VALID ID: 150 Baht
 
Set in contemporary China, Beijing Smog is a biting satire of corruption and repression in modern China. It is about the power of online ridicule and rumour in a society where truth and reality are about as clear as the thick smog beneath which corrupt politicians and businessmen struggle for power, spies stalk cyberspace, and a bubble economy is about to burst. It is the story of an image posted online as a joke that goes viral and ends up threatening the ruling Communist Party -- which doesn't have a sense of humour.

The story revolves around three characters:

a 21-year-old Chinese blogger who lives mostly in a virtual world beyond the screen of his smartphone, and who first posts the image;
a delusional British businessman, still selling the China Miracle even as it crumbles around him;
and a bumbling American diplomat chasing cyber spies. Their individual stories collide as the image takes on a life of its own in a bizarre and threatening way for them all - but mostly for the Communist Party.

Their interwoven stories move from Beijing's smoggy streets to Shanghai's historic Bund, from the casinos of Macau to the grim factories of southern China, the ice sculptures of freezing Harbin and the islands off the coast of Hong Kong.

An award-winning journalist, Ian Williams has reported from across the world. He covered business for the Sunday Times in London before becoming a foreign correspondent based in Russia and then Asia for Channel 4 News and later NBC. Ian has travelled and worked across China. He is also a former president of the FCCT, and was based out of Bangkok for 17-years

Ian left NBC in late 2015 and spent the next few months travelling in and out of China, researching and writing Beijing Smog. He returned to London last year, and began studying for a master's degree in information security at Royal Holloway, University of London, which helped him fine-tune some of the cyber shenanigans in the novel, which is his first.

Some reviews:

www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/2105089/book-review-beijing-smog-biting-satire-corruption-and

eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2017/08/book-review-beijing-smog-by-ian-williams/

 

 
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