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 served as District Officer for Wan Chai. From raids on gambling dens to organising Governors’ visits, his work involved him in all levels of Hong Kong society.
“I started three riots,” Mann says. “One when a hawker slipped and fell into the harbour during a clearance exercise at the Jordan Road Ferry.” Another was the taxi riots of 1984.
Mann’s memoir — Sheriff of Wan Chai — is an anecdotal, historical and racy account of Hong Kong’s last decades as a British colony and the colourful story of a young Englishman in the twilight of empire.
Please come and join us at the Fringe Club in Hong Kong this week to launch the book!
When: Thursday, November 24, 7pm-9pm
Where: Fringe Vault, 2 Lower Albert Road (but access from Wyndham Street), Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2521 7251.
What: Wine and beer will be served, and Peter Mann will sign copies of his book. All welcome. Hope to see you there!