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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.

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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

Book excerpt: Chinese Mice Don’t Eat Cheese

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Fred Schneiter spent 30 years working in and around China, and came to recognise the value of keeping an open mind and learning something new every day. You’re likely to learn something too if you read this excerpt from his book, Getting Along with the Chinese.   Chinese Mice Don’t Eat Cheese IN THE EARLY [...]

New book: How to Hong Kong

November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Share If you cannot view this email, please Click Here to view an online version. Unsubscribe/Update Profile | Share With Friends | Subscribe Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong Newsletter November 2016 New book: How to Hong Kong How to Hong Kong: An illustrated travel journalby Lena Sin and Nicholas Tay In this joyful travel sketchbook, Hong [...]

Hong Kong book launch: the Sheriff of Wan Chai wants to buy you a drink

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

In 1976, Peter Mann left a gloomy England for the last corner of the British empire: Hong Kong. As a police inspector, he commanded a sub-unit and led a district vice squad in Kowloon, before joining the colonial government’s Administrative Service and working in the fields of transport, housing, security, environment and tourism. He also [...]

The Wa Cheesemaker: an excerpt (and recipe) from the Yunnan Cookbook

November 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Read this excerpt from The Yunnan Cookbook by Annabel Jackson & Linda Chia -- an interview with a woman from the Wa ethnic group of the southwestern Chinese province. It's followed by a recipe for Yunnan ham with broad beans and goat cheese. The Wa Cheesemaker Lincang, Yunnan. Photo: San Lin As little [...]

Book talk: Umbrellas in Bloom, November 17

November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

The Umbrella Movement of 2014 put Hong Kong on the map and elevated the city to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by a Hong Kong-born author based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites. Jason [...]