Home/Tag:hong kong
10 June 2022

Podcast: Mark Isaac-Williams, The Hong Kong I Knew

2022-06-10T00:51:24+08:00June 10th, 2022|authors, hong kong, media attention, new books|0 Comments

Returning to Hong Kong in 1947 after the Japanese occupation, seven-year-old Mark Isaac-Williams had the whole of Kowloon as his playground. Billeted with his family in the once-grand but now dilapidated Peninsula hotel, his life was full of adventure – from the rooftop to the basement, he knew the hotel’s every inch. Roller-skating and horseback riding in Kowloon’s streets and [...]

12 January 2015

Think of chopsticks as friends

2016-11-24T01:14:04+08:00January 12th, 2015|book excerpt, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Fred Schneiter moved to Hong Kong in the 1960s and wasted no time in getting to know the food. Here’s a story and a recipe for Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce from his new book, The Taste of Old Hong Kong. If unaccustomed to chopsticks you’ll find the going easier—in initial encounters—simply by maintaining an affirmative attitude. Dismiss any thought [...]

21 December 2014

The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Suki’s clams

2016-11-24T01:14:04+08:00December 21st, 2014|book excerpt, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Fred Schneiter moved to Hong Kong in the 1960s and wasted no time in getting to know the food. Here's a recipe (and a reminiscence) from the old Causeway Bay typhoon shelter. It appears in his new book, The Taste of Old Hong Kong. Living in one of the world’s major tourist destinations, the culinary epicenter of the China Seas [...]

17 November 2014

New Hong Kong memoir: Year of Fire Dragons

2015-07-13T01:23:26+08:00November 17th, 2014|authors, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

An American Woman’s Story of Coming of Age in Hong Kong n 2010, bookish 22-year-old Shannon follows her Eurasian boyfriend to Hong Kong, eager to forge a new love story in his hometown. But when work sends him to London a month later, Shannon embarks on a wide-eyed newcomer's journey through Hong Kong – alone. She teaches in a local [...]

17 September 2014

The Taste of Old Hong Kong

2016-11-24T01:14:04+08:00September 17th, 2014|authors, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Look at the picture. That's our author Fred Schneiter and his children, on their arrival in Hong Kong at Chinese New Year in 1964. Fred has written a combination of cookbook and memoir that includes 70 of the best recipes he collected over his three decades roaming the China coast, with a mix of adventurous and nostalgic stories thrown in. [...]

11 May 2012

New book: Walking the Tycoons’ Rope

2016-11-24T01:14:15+08:00May 11th, 2012|authors, china, hong kong, media attention, new books|16 Comments

Author Robert Wang spoke about his new book on Radio 3 yesterday, and you can now listen to the interview online. Hear how he fled from civil-war Shanghai in 1949 and took a perilous journey to Hong Kong, jumping from the train when it came under attack. Robert's memoir of his incredible life, Walking The Tycoons' Rope, is Dymocks' book [...]

15 August 2011

Eating Smoke hits the shops — now watch the book trailer!

2016-11-24T01:14:22+08:00August 15th, 2011|authors, book excerpt, hong kong, new books|3 Comments

Chris Thrall's Eating Smoke, his memoir of a wild year spent in the gritty underbelly of Hong Kong -- a true story of drugs, crime and psychosis --  is now on the shelves of local bookshops! Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless and hooked on crystal meth. Soon [...]

1 January 2010

Hongkongers march for Liu Xiaobo

2010-01-01T20:24:45+08:00January 1st, 2010|china, events, hong kong|3 Comments

Today, several thousand Hong Kong people marched from Chater Garden in Central to the Chinese government's liaison office in Western District to protest a number of causes: foot-dragging on the introduction of universal suffrage, and the existence of 'rotten borough' functional constituencies, among them. For me it was heartening to see the great number of placards also demanding freedom for [...]

14 June 2009

Monthly book giveaway — June

2016-11-24T01:14:45+08:00June 14th, 2009|book giveaway|2 Comments

This month we're giving away three copies of Wing Chun Warrior by Ken Ing. The book has just been reviewed by Kent Ewing at Asia Times Online, who says: The story of Duncan Leung — childhood friend of Bruce Lee and disciple of Wing Chun master Yip Man — is valuable not only for the insights it offers into Chinese [...]

19 May 2009

Book excerpt: King Hui

2019-06-16T18:35:20+08:00May 19th, 2009|book excerpt, hong kong|1 Comment

One of our bestselling titles from last year — King Hui: The Man Who Owned All The Opium In Hong Kong, by Jonathan Chamberlain — was chosen by Dymocks Booksellers last month as one of their 100 great reads of the decade. Below we print the first few pages of the book. Introduction This is the story of a man’s [...]

3 May 2009

The Eurasian Face: a photographic project

2016-11-24T01:14:47+08:00May 3rd, 2009|authors, hong kong, new books, publishing|6 Comments

Once shunned as the result of forbidden liaisons, and confined to set roles in society, Eurasians are now celebrated as models and actors, and find themselves ideally placed to take advantage of the growing commercial and cultural exchanges between Asia and the rest of the world. You might call it a Eu-turn in fortunes. Kirsteen Zimmern is a Hong Kong-born [...]

25 March 2009

The ongoing popularity of kung fu

2016-11-24T01:14:49+08:00March 25th, 2009|authors, hong kong, media attention, new books|1 Comment

It’s interesting how a new book can single-handedly open up a new section of the market. We always publish in the Asian niche, but the publication of Wing Chun Warrior has suddenly brought interest from a host of Chinese-language bookshops that we’ve not previously sold through. The key to this was an appearance by author Ken Ing on RTHK Radio [...]

18 March 2009

Dislocated Voices: the Hong Kong Literary Festival

2017-10-05T21:21:41+08:00March 18th, 2009|authors, events, hong kong, publishing|1 Comment

On Saturday I attended a very enjoyable event at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival: a panel of three authors, Rana Dasgupta, Xujun Eberlein and Nam Le discussing the art of the short story. Moderator was Chris Wood of the Asia Literary Review. Thankfully not all the panellists agreed with one another, so there was an element of back-and-forth which [...]

5 February 2009

A book blog is reborn

2019-06-16T18:34:54+08:00February 5th, 2009|publishing|0 Comments

I had the brainwave a year or so ago to start a joint blog with a few other publishers I'm friendly with in Hong Kong. Between us we have plenty of books, authors and events to write about, I thought. But as with so many things which require coordination, it didn't really take off. Publishers barely have time to read [...]

5 June 2008

How to get published in Hong Kong

2020-12-13T09:10:40+08:00June 5th, 2008|hong kong, publishing|16 Comments

This is an article I wrote for Reading Matters, the in-shop newsletter published by Bookazine.   HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS: Hong Kong has a thriving industry of independent publishers. Here is even better news: this is not London or New York, and most (if not all) presses are happy to receive manuscripts directly from authors. So, assuming you’ve written [...]

25 January 2008

The Dragon’s Back

2008-01-25T11:19:19+08:00January 25th, 2008|authors, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Chinese fung shui tells us there is a dragon inhabiting every green valley, protective of the mountains and its route to the sea. Hiking into the hills of Hong Kong for a weekend picnic, Siu Ming and his parents suddenly find their path blocked by a forest fire. Can the mountain dragon help? Or is the mythical creature equally at [...]

2 January 2008

New book: The Man Who Owned All the Opium in Hong Kong

2016-11-24T01:14:51+08:00January 2nd, 2008|hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Scandal and corruption, drugs and pirates, triads and flower boats; the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and the Communist takeover of Canton. Peter Hui was there. He knew everybody and saw everything. This is the real story of Hong Kong, told with the rich flavours of the street. If Peter had been only a little bit different he could have [...]