16 August 2021

An artist reveals what life was like inside the legendary Walled City of Kowloon

2021-08-14T20:52:17+08:00August 16th, 2021|hong kong, new books|0 Comments

A new book of photographs and artworks reveals the reality of the Walled City of Kowloon – an astonishing and unique place which was the most densely populated spot on Earth. The Walled City was built on a small parcel of land in Hong Kong that was disputed by Britain and China, which meant neither country exercised full jurisdiction there. [...]

26 July 2021

New book: Love, Money and Friendships, by David T. K. Wong

2021-07-29T19:33:25+08:00July 26th, 2021|china, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Attention, readers of previous titles by Hong Kong writer David T. K. Wong: Volume 4 of his memoirs has just been published. In other news, Wong has been offered an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of East Anglia in the UK for his contributions to literature. As far as we know, he is the only Hong Kong writer [...]

26 April 2021

Destination Peking: Zoom book talk by Paul French, April 28

2021-04-26T13:42:24+08:00April 26th, 2021|publishing|0 Comments

Bestselling author Paul French (Midnight in Peking, City of Devils) has returned to the theme of the Chinese capital to tell 18 true stories of fascinating people who visited the city in the first half of the 20th century. Now he is giving a talk on his new book, hosted by the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong. From the ultra-wealthy [...]

3 March 2021

Zoom event, March 3rd: Women, Crime and the Courts, Hong Kong 1841-1941

2021-03-03T07:04:20+08:00March 3rd, 2021|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

This free online talk is hosted by the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong. While women were filling the magistrates courts and prisons of the British Isles during the 19th century, a female criminal in Hong Kong was a rarity. Yet, often in response to the privations of grinding poverty, some did find themselves on the wrong side of the law. [...]

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 [...]

8 February 2021

As we welcome the Year of the Ox, which animal of the Chinese Zodiac are you?

2021-02-08T04:46:25+08:00February 8th, 2021|china, hong kong|0 Comments

Sarah Brennan is the author of the Chinese Calendar Tales series. She writes... People are always asking me “Which Chinese calendar animal am I?” So here’s a handy reference so you can work out what animal you are in the Chinese zodiac! Beside each animal is the name of the animal in beautiful Chinese calligraphy, given to me by Scotch [...]

15 January 2021

A new book of true stories from Paul French: Destination Peking

2021-01-15T20:02:16+08:00January 15th, 2021|china, new books|0 Comments

Bestselling author Paul French returns to the Chinese capital in Destination Peking to tell 18 true stories of fascinating people who visited the city in the first half of the 20th century. From the ultra-wealthy Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton and her husband the Russian emigré Prince Mdivani, to the poor “American girl” Mona Monteith who worked in the city as [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

7 December 2020

Technology upgrade at Blacksmith Books

2020-12-07T19:25:17+08:00December 7th, 2020|publishing|0 Comments

The Blacksmith Books delivery trolley is a valued member of the team. Bought from a hardware shop in Sai Ying Pun for HK$180 more than two decades ago, it has given daily service ever since, carrying boxes full of books along the street to the post office and never complaining. Last week, though, the trolley had an altercation with a [...]

18 November 2020

FCC lunch and book conversation: ‘The Rise and Fall of the Hang Seng Index’ by Jake van der Kamp

2020-11-17T23:59:56+08:00November 18th, 2020|publishing|0 Comments

LUNCH TALK Book Conversation: ‘The Rise and Fall of the Hang Seng Index’     SPEAKER Jake van der Kamp Author     Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:30pm for 12:45pm – Lunch 1:10pm – Address First Floor, FCC 2 Lower Albert Road Central, Hong Kong   Every adult human being is an investment expert: You do it every day when [...]

9 November 2020

Four Shanghai podcasts from Paul French on RTHK3 this week

2020-11-11T21:34:05+08:00November 9th, 2020|book excerpt|0 Comments

To celebrate this year’s Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the Morning Brew show with Phil Whelan on RTHK Radio 3 will be broadcasting four more excerpts from Paul French’s book Destination Shanghai, read by the author... Monday 9/11 - 11.40am - Florence Broadhurst Teaches Shanghai to Dance (1926) Tuesday 10/11 - 11.40am - Langston Hughes’s Shanghai Sojourn (1935) Wednesday 11/11 [...]

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 [...]

16 July 2020

New book: Strangers on the Praia, by Paul French

2020-07-16T22:15:27+08:00July 16th, 2020|new books|0 Comments

Based on true stories and new research, Paul French weaves together the stories of those Jewish refugees who moved on from wartime Shanghai to seek a possible route to freedom via the Portuguese colony of Macao – “the Casablanca of the Orient”. The delicately balanced neutral enclave became their wartime home, amid Nazi and Japanese spies, escaped Allied prisoners from [...]

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 [...]

19 May 2020

New book: The Rise and Fall of the Hang Seng Index, by Jake van der Kamp

2020-05-18T22:31:01+08:00May 19th, 2020|new books|0 Comments

"Every adult human being is an investment expert. Life is an investment exercise and you are your own best investment adviser.” Jake van der Kamp is a native of the Netherlands, a citizen of Canada and a resident of Hong Kong. In his earlier years in Hong Kong he worked as an investment analyst and research director for Sun Hung [...]