Gill Shaddick is the author of The Hong Kong Letters, her memoir of an eventful two years working at an ad agency in Hong Kong in the late 1960s. Among other things, her yacht was seized by Chinese militia, and she was held incommunicado, after she unwittingly strayed into PRC waters at the height of China's Cultural Revolution. Drop by [...]
Barbara Anslow, author of the wartime diary Tin Hats and Rice, wrote many letters from Hong Kong in the 1940s, and she has sent some of them to David Bellis at the Gwulo Hong Kong history website. David says: The second half of the 1940s saw Hong Kong make a rapid recovery from the dark days of wartime. It's a [...]
For the "Dad and me love history" podcast, Paul Letters and son James invited Lindsay Varty to talk about the traditional tradespeople of Hong Kong. "Pirates, poo collectors and toymakers: did the Chinese have the best jobs in history?" is the question. Click here to listen to the answer!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]