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25 June 2019

Suzie and the Tiger Hunters

2019-06-24T22:57:12+08:00June 25th, 2019|hong kong|0 Comments

We were pleased to see The Tiger Hunters of Tai O next to The World of Suzie Wong on the shelves at Bookazine in IFC, Hong Kong. Fact fans (or, er, fiction fans) might not know that Suzie's boyfriend, Robert Lomax, makes a cameo appearance in Tiger Hunters! "When the action in Tiger Hunters led to a late-night drinking episode [...]

4 April 2019

Book talk at Bookazine, Hong Kong: Paul French, April 10

2019-04-04T23:14:16+08:00April 4th, 2019|authors, events|0 Comments

Join us for a book talk & signing with Paul French for his latest book Destination Shanghai: a collection of 18 biographical vignettes of the famous and infamous who travelled to Shanghai during the city's golden age. Wednesday 10th April 2019 6.30pm–7.30pm Bookazine Prince's Building, Shop 326-328, Landmark Prince's, Central, Hong Kong Free event – RSVP or enquiries: enquiries@bookazine.com.hk / [...]

4 April 2019

Book talk on Lantau Island: Paul French, April 7

2019-04-04T23:05:49+08:00April 4th, 2019|authors, events|0 Comments

Paul French is a well known British author whose work focuses on China's 20th-century history. One of his most successful books, Midnight in Peking, has won several awards, including both the CWA Gold Dagger and the MWA Edgar Award. His latest book is Destination Shanghai. He'll be at Vibe Bookshop in Mui Wo, Lantau Island, on Sunday 7th April at [...]

5 March 2019

Paul French on his new book: Destination Shanghai

2019-03-04T20:54:35+08:00March 5th, 2019|authors, book excerpt, china, media attention|0 Comments

Ahead of his appearance at the Shanghai International Literary Festival this month, Paul French shares a snippet of his new book, Destination Shanghai. He'll be presenting a session on March 23 at 4pm.  How well do you know your old Shanghai sojourners? Over the decades so many foreigners – rich, poor; famous, infamous; European, American; dodgy, legit – came to Shanghai. It’s hard to [...]

22 January 2019

Meeting up with Barbara Anslow

2019-01-22T07:18:30+08:00January 22nd, 2019|authors|2 Comments

I was in England for the new year, and I took the chance to visit Barbara Anslow, author of Tin Hats and Rice which was published five months ago. Barbara lives in a tiny village on the borders of Essex and Suffolk, with stocks on the green and a doll's-house shop next door to her timbered 17th-century house. Although she [...]

21 January 2019

The makings of a civil service mandarin: a review of “Hong Kong Confidential”

2019-01-21T18:48:26+08:00January 21st, 2019|media attention|0 Comments

Malaysia-based journalist Terence Netto has reviewed the third volume of David T. K. Wong's family memoir. Sometimes the arrival of a book dovetails nicely with an issue that's sparking in the public arena. Such is Hong Kong Confidential: Life as a Subversive by David TK Wong, a Hong Kong-born author living out his sunset years in Kuala Lumpur. Wong served 21 [...]

20 January 2019

Meet the Authors #8 at Bookazine, January 23

2019-01-22T07:29:55+08:00January 20th, 2019|events, hong kong|0 Comments

Join us on Wednesday, 23rd January from 6:30pm onwards at Bookazine Prince’s Building for the 8th edition of our “Meet the Authors” event to celebrate the past, the present and the future! Don’t miss the chance to meet and talk to great writers: Michele Koh Morollo, author of Without, an evocative book of short stories about lack and longing, Lindsay [...]

14 January 2019

Sunset Survivors: Author talk at the Asia Society, January 22

2019-01-14T22:16:58+08:00January 14th, 2019|authors, events|0 Comments

Join author Lindsay Varty as she shares the stories of the people keeping Hong Kong’s traditional industries alive, accompanied with photographs by Gary Jones. Evening presentation, Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Central, Hong Kong Drinks reception 6:30pm Presentation 7:00pm   Close 8:00pm Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women through stunning [...]

8 December 2018

Book signing in Hong Kong with Paul Letters, December 13: The Slightest Chance

2018-12-11T01:15:41+08:00December 8th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Please join us at Kidnapped Bookshop in Sai Kung for the launch of the second novel from Paul Letters: a Hong Kong wartime drama entitled The Slightest Chance! Hong Kong, 1941. Anglo-Australian civil servant Dominic Sotherly’s colonial sojourn in Hong Kong becomes complicated by his double life in both war and love. Enigmatic Englishwoman Gwen Harmison possesses secrets of her [...]

16 November 2018

Book launch, November 24: Hong Kong Noir

2018-11-16T17:03:36+08:00November 16th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Join us at Bleak House Books in Kowloon on Saturday, November 24, for the launch of Hong Kong Noir -- an anthology of crime/mystery fiction set in different neighbourhoods throughout the city! Contributors Susan Blumberg-Kason, Jason Y. Ng, Marshall Moore, Christina Liang, James Tam, Ysabelle Cheung and Shannon Young will be talking about how they chose the locations for their [...]

14 September 2018

The Q List: the operations of Special Branch in Hong Kong’s GPO

2018-09-14T02:01:32+08:00September 14th, 2018|book excerpt|0 Comments

In this excerpted chapter from Hong Kong Confidential, author David T. K. Wong recounts his time as Hong Kong’s deputy postmaster general in 1980, and explains what scheme Special Branch were operating in the basement of the GPO.   Chapter 16 The Q List When I was installed as the Deputy Postmaster General at the General Post Office at Connaught [...]

14 September 2018

Book launch party: Sunset Survivors, Hong Kong, September 20th

2018-09-14T01:58:16+08:00September 14th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Sunset Survivors: Meet the people keeping Hong Kong’s traditional industries alive By Lindsay Varty, with photography by Gary Jones When: Thursday, September 20, 6-8pm Where: G.O.D., 48 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Who: All welcome. Drinks will be served! Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women through stunning imagery and candid interviews. Covering a myriad [...]

3 September 2018

Tin Hats and Rice: our oldest author publishes her Hong Kong prisoner-of-war diary

2018-09-03T01:40:18+08:00September 3rd, 2018|new books|0 Comments

This photo from Barbara Anslow was taken in December 1941, just hours before Hong Kong surrendered to Japan in the second world war. But the roll of photos was only developed in 1945, when she was released from three years and eight months of captivity in Stanley camp. Barbara tells her story in Tin Hats and Rice: A Diary of [...]

25 August 2018

Read, if you dare, this excerpt from “Chinese Ghosts”: Anatomy of a Legend

2019-03-04T17:00:44+08:00August 25th, 2018|book excerpt, new books|0 Comments

Here we present a chapter from Chinese Ghosts, Charles Emmons' cornucopia of ghost stories and experiences he collected in Hong Kong in the early 1980s. He updated the book for a new edition last year.   Chapter 9: Anatomy of a Legend This is a very interesting case that helps illustrate the social processes involved in rumor, and sometimes eventually [...]

6 August 2018

Street Life Hong Kong: A fisherman’s story

2018-08-05T04:00:34+08:00August 6th, 2018|book excerpt, hong kong|1 Comment

In this excerpt from Street Life Hong Kong, Aberdeen harbour fisherman Kwok Shu-Tai talks about his life and work in his own words. The interviews in the book were carried out by Nicole Chabot and are accompanied by photographs from Michael Perini. I KNOW EVERYBODY IN ABERDEEN and everybody here knows me. They call me by a nickname – ‘Ah-Q’, [...]