Only a selection of our reviews are available for free. Subscribers receive the monthly magazine and access to all articles on our website. Penguin Specials, we are told, must fill a gap. Judged by this yardstick, the new Penguin Specials series on Hong Kong cannot fail, since the gap in writing on the city is so very large. These short books are also intended, says Penguin, to provide ‘thought-provoking opinion, a primer to bring you up to date, or a striking piece of fiction’.