Patricia O’Sullivan is a writer and researcher on the lesser-known aspects of Hong Kong’s history prior to 1941. Stumbling upon an article concerning the death of her great-uncle in 1918 when an inspector in the Hong Kong Police, she quickly became immersed in the social history of colonial Hong Kong.

As a specialist recorder teacher, in a career spanning three decades and more, she has had the joy both of introducing thousands of children to music and developing the skills and musicianship of senior students to diploma level and beyond. Now she has scaled down this side of her life to give more time to writing – and to spend more time in Hong Kong doing the research.

Whilst Patricia continues to unearth the contributions made by working-class Irish in the colony, next in line is a book about some of the criminal women of early 20th-century Hong Kong: fraudsters, arsonists, murderers and one ‘neighbour from hell’.

Her website is at www.socialhistoryhk.com