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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 locally relevant non-fiction – biography, business, culture, current affairs, food, photography and travel – and through distributors in Asia, North America, Australia and the UK, 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

Catch me if you can! Former money launderer Bruce Aitken tells his story at the FCC

June 16th, 2018|0 Comments

In the 1980s, Bruce Aitken became one of the world’s most successful money launderers. What started innocently enough, by answering an ad in the newspaper, turned into a globe-trotting lifestyle of moving money – huge sums of money – for some of the world’s most notorious and shadiest characters. From the jungles of Vietnam to [...]

New book: Hong Kong Confidential

May 24th, 2018|2 Comments

A former senior Chinese Administrative Officer has at long last lifted another little corner of the veil of half-truths and anodyne official releases which hitherto shrouded many of the decisions and evasions under the long Hong Kong governorship of Sir Murray MacLehose. David T. K. Wong — who started working life as a dishwasher in [...]

Only in Hong Kong

May 18th, 2018|1 Comment

A message arrives from David Nunan, author of Other Voices, Other Eyes: Expatriate Lives in Hong Kong... I’m sitting in a restaurant that featured in Other Voices. In the book, it’s described as follows: The restaurant, a Spanish tapas bar, is run by a father and son team from Katmandu. Actually, the restaurant largely runs [...]

In pictures: the history of Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Our new book The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top District has just been reviewed in the South China Morning Post. The area’s evolution is brought to life in The Peak through the use of an impressive 140 pictures, including early paintings showing The Peak towering over the young colony, photographs of the first [...]

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