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 in Hong Kong and by airmail to readers all over the world. Thanks for your patience!

Here’s the book’s blurb:

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 a bestselling author and columnist based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites.

Jason Y. Ng takes a no-holds-barred, fly-on-the-wall approach to covering politics. His latest offering steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve.

If you click on this link, you can read some excerpts from the book.