These days Chris Thrall is a successful author. But it wasn’t always so. In the 1990s he left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless and hooked on crystal methamphetamine. In a downward spiral, he also began working for a triad society as a doorman in one of their nightclubs in Wan Chai. Dealing with psychosis and paranoia, he had to survive in the world’s most unforgiving city, addicted to the world’s most dangerous drug. Eating Smoke is his story.

Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK Radio 3 asked Chris, after an interview on Morning Brew, whether it might serialise his story for radio. This Saturday at 8.30am you can hear part one of three.

Eating Smoke is read by Nicholas Atkinson, abridged for radio by Alan Sargent, and directed and produced by Phil Whelan and Pete Spurrier. (Starts on Saturday October 8, 8.30am)