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18 December 2020

Published today – Women, Crime and the Courts: Hong Kong 1841-1941

2020-12-18T17:22:08+08:00December 18th, 2020|hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Kwan Lai-chun was sick of being made to feel second-class by her husband’s concubine; sick of her mother-in-law’s endless carping about the money she spent; sick of the whole family. Late one sticky, humid night, something snapped in her – and she grabbed the meat chopper. Within minutes, three people were dead: the concubine with over 70 gashes, many of [...]

17 December 2020

Blast from the past, and repeating history: the first books we published

2020-12-16T23:38:59+08:00December 17th, 2020|hong kong, publishing|0 Comments

I was making space in the storeroom this week for new books coming in, and I pulled a box down from the top rack of shelving. What a surprise. It contained a few copies of the first two books we ever published, back in 2002 and 2003. My first thought was that I hadn't seen these for ages, and didn't [...]

2 March 2020

Book excerpt: Confessions of a Hong Kong Naturalist

2020-03-01T19:48:51+08:00March 2nd, 2020|book excerpt, hong kong|0 Comments

Confessions of a Hong Kong Naturalist is a natural history memoir, tracing the journey from novice to expert of aspiring naturalist Graham Reels as he follows a trail of discovery into the miraculously fascinating and diverse world of Hong Kong’s wildlife. Read this excerpt from his book. It is taken from Chapter 9, Far-flung Shores. Graham says: “The background is [...]

21 February 2020

New book: The Evergreen Tea House, a Hong Kong novel

2020-02-19T23:34:44+08:00February 21st, 2020|hong kong, new books|0 Comments

David Wong started his working life as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant before becoming a teacher, colonial bureaucrat, businessman, and a writer of short stories and novels. In the wake of the Hong Kong protests, memories of the colonial past are fading. This new edition of David T. K. Wong’s sweeping historical novel brings the past vividly [...]

20 February 2020

Video: “Spatial Cemetery” is a visual journey beneath the surface of hidden Hong Kong

2020-02-19T23:10:33+08:00February 20th, 2020|hong kong, media attention, new books|0 Comments

"Urbex" is shorthand for "urban exploration", and HK Urbex are a group of anonymous, adrenaline-fuelled explorers who investigate the hidden, abandoned and forgotten corners of Hong Kong. Their first book is out now. "HK Urbex is an underground collective that documents deserted, off-limits spaces, its photographers protecting their identities with hats, hoods, masks and pseudonyms," says the South China Morning [...]

21 October 2019

Join us at Kai-Yin Lo’s book launch on Saturday, Oct 26

2019-10-22T00:06:52+08:00October 21st, 2019|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Designing a Life tells the inspiring story of Kai-Yin Lo, a determined Hong Kong woman born to a wealthy family who had to build her own future following an abrupt change in the family’s fortunes. “Kai-Yin is a polymath and a phenomenon, having seamlessly juggled an analytical career as a scholar, historian, teacher and editor, with the artistic and imaginative [...]

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 [...]

11 October 2019

Have you seen a tiger in Hong Kong? A call for information

2019-10-11T15:59:48+08:00October 11th, 2019|hong kong|0 Comments

Author John Saeki writes… Hey, Hong Kong friends, do you have a tiger story in your family? Maybe a grandparent saw a pair of shining eyes staring through the dark forest? Maybe your mum or dad saw one stalking a muntjac? Maybe an uncle lost a pig in the night? Maybe you heard a thunderous roar?            If you are a [...]

29 September 2019

Book launch and talk: Kai-Yin Lo at the Fine Art Asia fair, October 5

2019-09-29T22:59:25+08:00September 29th, 2019|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

You are invited to the launch of Kai-Yin Lo's autobiography at Fine Art Asia 2019 in Hong Kong. To launch Designing a Life: A Cross-Cultural Journey, Kai-Yin Lo will be in dialogue with Ms Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+ Museum, and Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Design Centre. The talk will be moderated by Ms [...]

25 June 2019

Suzie and the Tiger Hunters

2019-06-24T22:57:12+08:00June 25th, 2019|hong kong|0 Comments

We were pleased to see The Tiger Hunters of Tai O next to The World of Suzie Wong on the shelves at Bookazine in IFC, Hong Kong. Fact fans (or, er, fiction fans) might not know that Suzie's boyfriend, Robert Lomax, makes a cameo appearance in Tiger Hunters! "When the action in Tiger Hunters led to a late-night drinking episode [...]

20 January 2019

Meet the Authors #8 at Bookazine, January 23

2019-01-22T07:29:55+08:00January 20th, 2019|events, hong kong|0 Comments

Join us on Wednesday, 23rd January from 6:30pm onwards at Bookazine Prince’s Building for the 8th edition of our “Meet the Authors” event to celebrate the past, the present and the future! Don’t miss the chance to meet and talk to great writers: Michele Koh Morollo, author of Without, an evocative book of short stories about lack and longing, Lindsay [...]

8 December 2018

Book signing in Hong Kong with Paul Letters, December 13: The Slightest Chance

2018-12-11T01:15:41+08:00December 8th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Please join us at Kidnapped Bookshop in Sai Kung for the launch of the second novel from Paul Letters: a Hong Kong wartime drama entitled The Slightest Chance! Hong Kong, 1941. Anglo-Australian civil servant Dominic Sotherly’s colonial sojourn in Hong Kong becomes complicated by his double life in both war and love. Enigmatic Englishwoman Gwen Harmison possesses secrets of her [...]

16 November 2018

Book launch, November 24: Hong Kong Noir

2018-11-16T17:03:36+08:00November 16th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Join us at Bleak House Books in Kowloon on Saturday, November 24, for the launch of Hong Kong Noir -- an anthology of crime/mystery fiction set in different neighbourhoods throughout the city! Contributors Susan Blumberg-Kason, Jason Y. Ng, Marshall Moore, Christina Liang, James Tam, Ysabelle Cheung and Shannon Young will be talking about how they chose the locations for their [...]

14 September 2018

Book launch party: Sunset Survivors, Hong Kong, September 20th

2018-09-14T01:58:16+08:00September 14th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Sunset Survivors: Meet the people keeping Hong Kong’s traditional industries alive By Lindsay Varty, with photography by Gary Jones When: Thursday, September 20, 6-8pm Where: G.O.D., 48 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Who: All welcome. Drinks will be served! Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women through stunning imagery and candid interviews. Covering a myriad [...]

6 August 2018

Street Life Hong Kong: A fisherman’s story

2018-08-05T04:00:34+08:00August 6th, 2018|book excerpt, hong kong|1 Comment

In this excerpt from Street Life Hong Kong, Aberdeen harbour fisherman Kwok Shu-Tai talks about his life and work in his own words. The interviews in the book were carried out by Nicole Chabot and are accompanied by photographs from Michael Perini. I KNOW EVERYBODY IN ABERDEEN and everybody here knows me. They call me by a nickname – ‘Ah-Q’, [...]

30 May 2018

Royal Asiatic Society lecture, June 1: The Peak

2018-05-30T16:41:03+08:00May 30th, 2018|events, hong kong|2 Comments

The Peak is one of the most exclusive areas in Hong Kong. Here the affluent enjoy an idyllic lifestyle in mansions sited amongst the tropical vegetation which has grown up around them. It was not always like this and when the British took over Hong Kong the Peak was just one section of a “barren rock”. No one bothered with [...]