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Sheriff of Wan Chai: How an Englishman helped govern Hong Kong in its last decades as a British colony

HK$138.00

by Peter Mann

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, Wan Chai. From raids on gambling dens to organising Governors’ visits, his work involved him in all levels of Hong Kong society.

Mann’s memoir 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.

Hong Kong is one of the most intriguing places in the world and its modern history is endlessly fascinating. This book is a highly readable addition to the canon of memoirs which illuminate the period.” – Rachel Cartland, author of Paper Tigress

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Description

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. Mann’s memoir 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.

Hong Kong is one of the most intriguing places in the world and its modern history is endlessly fascinating. This book is a highly readable addition to the canon of memoirs which illuminate the period.” – Rachel Cartland, author of Paper Tigress

Listen to Peter Mann talking to RTHK Radio 3’s Phil Whelan on Morning Brew (40 minutes into Part 2 of the show)

“Dapper Sai Kung author walked Wanchai streets as police officer then as district officer … If you like books that evoke memories of British Hong Kong, this is one that will do it for you.” – Sai Kung Buzz

“ ‘So, you are the man who arrested Suzie Wong?’ That was my opening gambit in the conversation with Peter Mann, the top cop, civil servant and writer, on meeting him for dinner in a Chinese Restaurant in North Point” – Beyond Thirty-Nine

Additional information

Dimensions140 x 216 mm
Pages

244

Binding

Paperback

Illustrations

30 photographs

About the author

Peter Mann was born in the UK and read English at Exeter College, Oxford. In 1976, he came to Hong Kong as a police inspector before joining its Administrative Service, serving in the fields of transport, housing, security, environment and tourism. He also served as District Officer, Wan Chai. He is currently Chairman of the Hong Kong branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society.