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 global 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.”
Anchee Min
“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.”
Asia Times

Recent blog posts and news

Review: No City for Slow Men

June 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Hong Kong is a complex city, and one that is full of contradictions. Nowhere else can a person stay for years, decades even, and still not fully understand the place. Which other city can be ranked ‘the world’s freest economy’ for 21 years in a row and yet still leave its’ residents feeling like the […]

Review: Street Life Hong Kong

June 12th, 2015|2 Comments

Scaffolders. Tram drivers. Recyclers. Sign holders. Hawkers. Shoe shiners. We see these workers every day in Hong Kong, and yet hardly ever realize it. They are mostly invisible — labourers who we are so used to seeing out on the streets that our minds often blur them out when we walk past them. Yet these […]

Paper Tigress is reprinted

May 10th, 2015|2 Comments

We’re pleased to announce that Paper Tigress, Rachel Cartland’s memoir of her years in the Hong Kong government, sold out. And it’s now reprinted and is back in the shops.

To mark the occasion, we print below the text of a speech Rachel gave to a Hong Kong business group late last year.
A Difficult Passage
I was […]

Shannon Young on the radio

February 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Our author Shannon Young has been interviewed on RTHK Radio 3 twice this month. Click the links below to listen online!
1. Shannon Young is a young American writer currently living in Hong Kong who writes under two names. Her travel memoir about the year she followed a man she met at a fencing club to […]

Remembering the mighty Bruce Lee

January 29th, 2015|1 Comment

Even four decades after the passing of Asian martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee, his achievements still attract adoration from millions of movie fans. The biggest fan of all may be Jon Benn, who befriended the high-kicking hero while playing “the Big Boss”, a villain in Lee’s acclaimed 1972 movie The Way of the Dragon.

In Remembering Bruce […]

Think of chopsticks as friends

January 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Fred Schneiter moved to Hong Kong in the 1960s and wasted no time in getting to know the food. Here’s a story and a recipe for Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce from his new book, The Taste of Old Hong Kong.

If unaccustomed to chopsticks you’ll find the going easier—in initial encounters—simply by maintaining an affirmative […]