In this joyful travel sketchbook, Hong Kong is captured through the hearts of a writer and an artist.
From the winding, incense-filled streets of Sheung Wan to the pandemonium of a wet market in North Point to the sleepy island backwater of Tai O, Lena Sin and Nicholas Tay take you on a wonder-filled journey that shines a light on the softer, more romantic side of this chaotic city.
Filled with tales of growing up in Hong Kong, Lena weaves personal anecdotes and conversations with locals with richly-illustrated watercolours and photographs by herself and artist husband Nicholas. The result is an intimate portrait of a city that is at once vibrant and energetic as well as charming and nostalgic.
Click on this link to see some images from the book!
Book launch: Sheriff of Wan Chaiat the Fringe Club
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!
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