1 March 2021

Zoom talk by Paul French: “Destination Peking – Revisiting the City”, March 2

2021-02-28T18:30:09+08:00March 1st, 2021|authors, events|0 Comments

In this online talk to the Royal Geographical Society, well-known historian, raconteur and author Paul French talks of the Chinese capital, telling numerous true stories of fascinating people who visited the city in the first half of the 20th century.   From Bolsheviks and Nazis to artists and bank robbers, to English aesthetes, to transplanted New York Bowery Balladeers, he describes [...]

18 December 2020

Watch this video book talk from Yunnan by author Colin Flahive

2020-12-18T13:22:25+08:00December 18th, 2020|authors, china|0 Comments

This year has been the age of book launches by Zoom! Click the video below to watch a book talk from Salvador's Coffee House, Kunming, by Colin Flahive. Flahive is the author of Great Leaps: Finding home in a changing China. In the book, and in this talk, he explains how he discovered China as a backpacker in his early [...]

31 August 2020

Video: Nicholas Kitto explains his new book, “Trading Places” – a photographic journey through China’s former treaty ports

2020-08-29T20:48:18+08:00August 31st, 2020|authors, new books, publishing|0 Comments

Watch this video of Nicholas Kitto, author of the new Trading Places, a Photographic Journey Through China’s Former Treaty Ports, talking about his experiences which culminated in the publication of his book.   The presentation, to members of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, explains how Nick became interested in China's Treaty Port era -- it started with his father [...]

3 June 2020

Webtalk by Paul French, June 3, 7pm: Strangers on the Praia, Macau in World War II

2020-06-03T02:24:41+08:00June 3rd, 2020|authors, events|0 Comments

In this talk for the Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong, well-known China historian, raconteur and author Paul French talks of Macau during World War II. Based on true stories and new research, he attempts to weave together the stories of those Jewish refugees who in the war moved on from their temporary haven of Shanghai. Many sought a possible route [...]

16 October 2019

Meet Gill Shaddick, author of The Hong Kong Letters, on October 19

2019-10-16T21:44:42+08:00October 16th, 2019|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

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 [...]

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|3 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 [...]

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 [...]

16 June 2018

Catch me if you can! Former money launderer Bruce Aitken tells his story at the FCC

2018-06-16T17:52:09+08:00June 16th, 2018|authors, events|0 Comments

In the 1980s, Bruce Aitken became one of the world’s most successful money launderers. What started innocently enough, by answering an ad in the newspaper, turned into a globe-trotting lifestyle of moving money – huge sums of money – for some of the world’s most notorious and shadiest characters. From the jungles of Vietnam to the money capitals of the [...]

18 May 2018

Only in Hong Kong

2018-05-17T23:22:17+08:00May 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 [...]

19 March 2018

What is an expat, and what is an immigrant?

2018-03-19T15:40:14+08:00March 19th, 2018|authors, media attention|0 Comments

Why do people come to Hong Kong, and why do they often plan a stay of three weeks and then stay for 20 years? David Nunan has interviewed 74 residents to try to get an idea of what they have gained from Hong Kong, and how it has changed them. These were 38 men and 36 women, ranging in age [...]

10 January 2018

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

2018-01-09T17:40:53+08:00January 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, [...]

8 November 2017

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

2017-11-08T06:54:31+08:00November 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 [...]