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As trade patterns shift eastwards, the world is looking at the Asia-Pacific region with new interest. Based in Hong Kong, Blacksmith Books focuses on China-related non-fiction – biography, business, culture, current affairs, food, photography and travel – and through distributors in Asia, North America, Australia and Europe, we present the works of our local and expat authors to a worldwide readership.

From this website, we deliver books all over the world. Airmail delivery within Asia is free of charge.

Please use the links to explore. And thanks for reading.

What people are saying about our books

“Tom Carter is an extraordinary photographer whose powerful work captures the heart and soul of the Chinese people.”
“Through Carter’s journey of self-discovery, we end up discovering a little more about ourselves — and a land so vast, so disparate, that 638 pages of photos barely manage to scratch the surface.”
Simon Ostheimer, Time Out
“The recipes are clear, with many dishes illustrated with mouth-watering pictures and, best of all, they work. This is a valuable contribution to the Chinese culinary scene.”
Rupert Parker, Huffington Post
“It’s that sense of commonality that makes Street Life Hong Kong by its end a celebration of our city and the spirit of the people who inhabit it.”
“Hui’s story gives us glimpses of a Hong Kong – the opium dens, the pool halls, the nightclubs, the casinos and the girls, girls, girls – not adequately reflected in official histories of the city.”
Kent Ewing, Asia Times
“Year of Fire Dragons is not only a riveting coming of age story, but also a testament to the distance people will travel for love.”
Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife
“Jason Y. Ng is back with a new book of insights after casting his perceptive gaze over the good, bad and ugly side of city life.”
“Hong Kong for Kids is an invaluable resource for helping us design fun, wonderful learning activities for our students all over Hong Kong.”

Recent blog posts and news

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Book launch party: Umbrellas in Bloom

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by columnist Jason Y. Ng based on his firsthand account at the main […]

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“The Mercenary Mandarin” in Hong Kong

March 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Guidebook writer David Leffman is heading back to remote parts of Guizhou province on Tuesday, to pick up the trail of William Mesny – the British-born “Mercenary Mandarin” who became a general in the Chinese army.

But before he goes, he will be giving an illustrated talk about Mesny to the Royal Asiatic Society in the […]

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Book about Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement finally hits the shelves

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Apologies to all the readers who pre-ordered Jason Y. Ng’s Umbrellas in Bloom as long as two months ago. Two printers refused to handle the book because of its subject matter, and so we had a long delay in getting it published.

However, it has finally arrived and we sent copies out today, to bookshops […]

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Kitchen Tiles: book launch event at the FCC, December 21

December 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Join us at Bert’s Bar in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, for the launch of Kitchen Tiles by Feng Chi-shun.

When: 6-9pm, Monday, December 21, 2015.

Besides Kitchen Tiles, Feng’s other books Diamond Hill and Hong Kong Noir will be on sale if you are looking for autographed stocking fillers. Hope […]

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December newsletter

December 11th, 2015|0 Comments

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