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24 May 2018

New book: Hong Kong Confidential

2018-05-24T16:02:05+00:00 May 24th, 2018|hong kong, new books|1 Comment

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 a Chinese restaurant at the [...]

18 May 2018

Only in Hong Kong

2018-05-17T23:22:17+00:00 May 18th, 2018|authors|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 itself while the father and [...]

9 April 2018

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

2018-04-22T22:50:46+00:00 April 9th, 2018|hong kong, media attention|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 Peak mansions such as The [...]

21 March 2018

Book excerpt: One for the road

2018-03-21T03:04:24+00:00 March 21st, 2018|book excerpt, hong kong|0 Comments

From Other Voices, Other Eyes by David Nunan Chapter 4 One for the road Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. — Barbara Haines Howett She was feeling the strain before they left Yung Shue Wan Main Street. They had left the Central Ferry Pier late, all because of Howard, who had been detained [...]

16 March 2018

March 2018 newsletter: New book about the Peak; Book launch of Hong Kong expat tales; Lots of author podcasts

2018-03-16T16:25:55+00:00 March 16th, 2018|events, new books, publishing|0 Comments

Share If you cannot view this email, please Click Here to view an online version. Unsubscribe/Update Profile | Share With Friends | Subscribe Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong NewsletterMarch 2018 New book: The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top District The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top Districtby Richard J. GarrettPart of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong [...]

26 February 2018

Book launch: 香港二十, March 3

2018-02-25T18:57:35+00:00 February 26th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Both the English and Chinese editions of PEN Hong Kong's anthology Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a borrowed place are now available at Kubrick bookshop in Yau Ma Tei! The Chinese version, titled 香港二十, will be launched at Kubrick at 4pm on Saturday March 3. The bookshop is next to the Broadway Cinematheque on Public Square Street. Find out more here.

22 February 2018

The early history of Hong Kong’s Naval Dockyard Police

2018-02-22T23:27:16+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|events, hong kong, publishing|0 Comments

Come to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum at 4.00pm on Saturday February 24 and hear Patricia O'Sullivan tell the little-known story of the Hong Kong Naval Dockyard Police Force. The history of the force doesn’t suffer so much from lost documentation as from the lack of any in the first place. At some point in the 1850s it emerged by [...]

12 February 2018

Podcast: How to write a page-turning memoir that agents and publishers will love

2018-02-12T23:11:56+00:00 February 12th, 2018|media attention, publishing|0 Comments

Glenn Leibowitz is the host of Write With Impact. In his latest podcast he interviews former American diplomat Syd Goldsmith, author of Hong Kong on the Brink, a memoir of Hong Kong's brush with the Cultural Revolution in 1967. Glenn says: In our conversation, which we conducted in person in Taipei, Syd shares how, despite never considering himself a writer [...]

25 January 2018

Hong Kong crime files: the siege of Gresson Street

2018-02-13T13:28:47+00:00 January 25th, 2018|hong kong, media attention, publishing|0 Comments

The Gresson Street gunfight happened in Wan Chai 100 years ago this week. Why has it been forgotten for so long? Patricia O'Sullivan has spent a decade digging out the full story for her book, Policing Hong Kong – An Irish History. Now, Stuart Heaver has written a feature about the event. A running gunfight was now played out in [...]

10 January 2018

Podcast: How British adventurer William Mesny became a general in Qing-dynasty China

2018-01-09T17:40:53+00:00 January 10th, 2018|authors, media attention|0 Comments

If it's not one royal society, it's another. Have no fear, if you missed David Leffman's talk about William Mesny at the Royal Geographical Society in Hong Kong last year, you can listen in to the talk he gave to the Royal Asiatic Society in London in December. David has been visiting China as a travel writer for 25 years, [...]

4 January 2018

Chinese Ghosts Revisited: podcast and review

2018-01-03T23:31:39+00:00 January 4th, 2018|media attention, new books|0 Comments

Charles Emmons' book Chinese Ghosts Revisited: A Study of Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences came out just before Hallowe'en last year, and hopefully many people have enjoyed finding a spooky read in their Christmas stockings. It has now been reviewed by New Dawn magazine. Chinese Ghosts Revisited holds the unique position of being the only reference work comparing the supernatural and [...]

27 November 2017

New books: expat experiences in Hong Kong, a look back at the handover, and a booksigning with the sheriff

2017-12-08T02:55:13+00:00 November 27th, 2017|events, new books|0 Comments

Share If you cannot view this email, please Click Here to view an online version. Unsubscribe/Update Profile | Share With Friends | Subscribe Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong Newsletter November 2017 New book: Other Voices, Other Eyes Other Voices, Other Eyes: Expatriate Lives in Hong Kong by David NunanThe stories of expats in Hong Kong – the most dynamic, dramatic and [...]

27 November 2017

Book signing with the Sheriff of Wan Chai, November 28

2017-11-27T02:35:18+00:00 November 27th, 2017|publishing|0 Comments

In 1976, Peter Mann left England for Hong Kong. As a police inspector, he commanded a sub-unit and led a district vice squad in Kowloon before joining the colonial government. He then 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. Come [...]

8 November 2017

Our November 2017 newsletter, with a new book and author events

2017-12-08T03:06:07+00:00 November 8th, 2017|new books|0 Comments

Share If you cannot view this email, please Click Here to view an online version. Unsubscribe/Update Profile | Share With Friends | Subscribe Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong NewsletterNovember 2017 New book: The Dictionary of the Asian Language The Dictionary of the Asian Languageby Todd Crowell, with cartoons by MingOf course there is no single Asian language. But plenty of vogue [...]

8 November 2017

November 15: Book launch for The Tiger Hunters of Tai O and The Green Phoenix

2017-11-08T06:54:31+00:00 November 8th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

Join us for the sixth edition of "Meet the Authors" at Bookazine! Don't miss the chance to talk to two great writers: John Saeki, author of a colourful and alternative portrait of Hong Kong in the 1950s, The Tiger Hunters of Tai O; and Alice Poon, author of a historical novel about Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, The Green Phoenix. When: Wednesday [...]

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