8 November 2017

Book talk, November 9: Pot-shots at the Hong Kong Police

2017-11-08T15:38:20+08:00November 8th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

Under-resourced and ill-prepared, three constables at the squalid Police Station on Cheung Chau stood no chance against a ruthless pirate gang in 1912. Five more policemen lost their lives in a bloodbath in Wan Chai that might have been averted. But travel forward just a little and the outcome at a hold-up in Canton Road is very different. These three [...]

21 October 2017

Northern Ireland to Hong Kong: A Tale of Drugs, Crime and Redemption

2019-08-24T23:53:07+08:00October 21st, 2017|authors, media attention|0 Comments

Eating Smoke author Chris Thrall is the subject of a fascinating new podcast on BFBS, the British Forces Broadcasting Service. 'Coming Home: Chris Thrall' is a feature-length story about addiction, redemption and recovery chronicling Royal Marine Chris Thrall's journey from Royal Marine Commando to a crystal meth addicted gang member of the notorious Hong Kong Triads. Chris joined the Royal [...]

29 September 2017

John Saeki: How I wrote ‘The Tiger Hunters of Tai O’

2017-10-21T20:10:53+08:00September 29th, 2017|authors, hong kong, new books|2 Comments

Author John Saeki talks us through the process of writing his new novel, The Tiger Hunters of Tai O. The Tiger Hunters of Tai O came into existence as a direct result of hiking on Lantau island. Hikes are a great way of putting yourself in touch with places that have resisted change over the decades. You can walk off [...]

14 June 2017

June 15: seven Hong Kong authors discuss the 20th anniversary of the handover

2017-06-14T06:05:19+08:00June 14th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|2 Comments

Come and meet seven Hong Kong authors -- Rachel Cartland, Larry Feign, Feng Chi-shun, Peter Mann, Jason Ng, Graham Reels and Guy Shirra -- as they celebrate, discuss and debate the 20 years that have passed since Hong Kong's handover to China in 1997. Thursday June 15, 6pm-7.30pm, at Bookazine in Prince's Building, Central. Free entry, and wine will be [...]

11 May 2017

Podcast: Hong Kong on the Brink, An American Diplomat Relives 1967’s Darkest Days

2017-05-11T18:38:55+08:00May 11th, 2017|authors, hong kong, media attention, new books|0 Comments

Fifty years ago today, Syd Goldsmith was almost beaten to death by an angry mob in Hong Kong. On May 11, 1967, amid rumours of unrest at a factory, Syd, then a young US diplomat on his first offshore posting, was sent out into the streets to get a first-hand look. He quickly found himself in deep trouble amid the [...]

3 April 2017

How to Hong Kong: how our book was made

2017-04-06T16:18:51+08:00April 3rd, 2017|authors, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Lena Sin, one half of the team behind How to Hong Kong, tells us how their illustrated book came about... The idea for How to Hong Kong sprung from my husband’s mind, not mine. Though it would become something of an obsession for me, I was steadfastly against it at the beginning. “I think you should write a book about [...]

22 March 2017

Ray Hecht is in Shanghai on March 24

2017-03-22T23:38:04+08:00March 22nd, 2017|authors, china, events|0 Comments

Ray Hecht says: I’ll be in Shanghai on March 24th, at Garden Books, for a public reading from my novel South China Morning Blues. I’m very excited to be able to do this in Shanghai, the most epic city in China. Last year on my book tour I was able to travel to Beijing, among other cities, and of course all [...]

16 January 2017

Book launch: Meet three authors in Hong Kong on January 18

2017-01-16T04:41:39+08:00January 16th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

On the evening of Wednesday January 18th, you're invited to Bookazine's first "Meet the Authors" session in Prince's Building, Central. Among the writers present will be Peter Mann with his new memoir Sheriff of Wan Chai. Wine will be served and stories will be told. Full details in the evite above. Hope to see you there!

15 November 2016

Book talk: Umbrellas in Bloom, November 17

2016-11-24T01:13:56+08:00November 15th, 2016|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

The Umbrella Movement of 2014 put Hong Kong on the map and elevated the city to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by a Hong Kong-born author based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites. Jason Y. Ng will talk about [...]

5 October 2016

‘Eating Smoke’ is dramatised on RTHK Radio 3

2016-11-24T01:13:57+08:00October 5th, 2016|authors, hong kong, media attention|0 Comments

These days Chris Thrall is a successful author. But it wasn't always so. In the 1990s he left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless and hooked on crystal methamphetamine. In a downward spiral, he also began working for a triad society as a doorman in one of their nightclubs in Wan [...]

4 April 2016

Book launch party: Umbrellas in Bloom

2016-11-24T01:13:59+08:00April 4th, 2016|authors, events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by columnist Jason Y. Ng based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites. Join us for [...]

12 March 2016

“The Mercenary Mandarin” in Hong Kong

2016-11-24T01:13:59+08:00March 12th, 2016|authors, china, events, new books, publishing|0 Comments

Guidebook writer David Leffman is heading back to remote parts of Guizhou province on Tuesday, to pick up the trail of William Mesny - the British-born "Mercenary Mandarin" who became a general in the Chinese army. But before he goes, he will be giving an illustrated talk about Mesny to the Royal Asiatic Society in the Centre for Visual Arts, [...]

9 March 2016

Book about Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement finally hits the shelves

2016-11-24T01:13:59+08:00March 9th, 2016|authors, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Apologies to all the readers who pre-ordered Jason Y. Ng's Umbrellas in Bloom as long as two months ago. Two printers refused to handle the book because of its subject matter, and so we had a long delay in getting it published. However, it has finally arrived and we sent copies out today, to bookshops in Hong Kong and by [...]

18 November 2015

New book: South China Morning Blues

2016-11-24T01:14:00+08:00November 18th, 2015|authors, new books|0 Comments

Press Release South China Morning Blues: Stories that detail a life in 21st century China for Asians and Gweilos alike China. To the rest of the world, it is a booming, menacing powerhouse that threatens to engulf everything with its ever growing economy. To those who reside in it, it is more complex than that. As the author of a [...]

29 September 2015

Graham Heywood’s Hong Kong prisoner-of-war diary

2016-11-24T01:14:00+08:00September 29th, 2015|authors, hong kong, new books, publishing|0 Comments

I met up with Geoffrey Emerson, Hong Kong-based historian (left), and Shun Chi Ming, director of the Hong Kong Observatory (centre), to talk about the wartime diary of Graham Heywood. Over tea at the Observatory, a beautiful Victorian building hidden away on a forested hill in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Geoff and CM explained how Heywood's diary [...]

20 July 2015

Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews: An interview with the author

2016-11-24T01:14:02+08:00July 20th, 2015|authors, china, new books|0 Comments

"This book is a record of descendants of Baghdadi Jewish merchants who settled in the Treaty Port of Shanghai in the mid-19th century," says Maisie Meyer. "They are authentic voices, allowing us a glimpse of bygone days of privilege, and the rich diversity that made the community so vibrant. It offers infinite perspectives of personalities whose lives were shaped by [...]