Hongkong - 1841 to 1941

(give or take a few years..)

A unique place at a time now slipped from memory.

Stories of the people who lived and worked here - British, Chinese, Irish, Portuguese ....

Bringing to life some of the social history of Hongkong's colonial past through the tales and documents they left behind. 


Women, Crime and Courts front cover

Women, Crime and 

the Courts:

Hong Kong 1841-1941 

 published by  BlacksmithBooks 18th December 2020. ISBN 978-988-79639-8-1 more information here

Next project - the Hong Kong Police who went to war.
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That title would imply 1941 and the Battle for Hong Kong to many readers - but I've always been fascinated by the earlier period, 1914-18, when hundreds of the British subjects in Hong Kong sailed to London to enlist in the fight against Germany.

During the month of November, I' am posting about  those who gave all for the cause. The Police, Naval Dockyard Police and Prison Warders who served and died will be remembered each week in a series of blog posts. Following posts on the first & last man to die, then last week's Guardsmen, now its the turn of three young men whose fascination with the new flying machines saw them join the Royal Flying Corps, Peter Boyd Gardner, Robert Edwards & Edward Charles Singleton.

After the sad departure of Bleak House Books from the scene ...

there's reason for optimism with a smart new bookshop venture. Seven young entrepreneurs/book enthusiasts have set up a 'pop-up' bookshop @afterlifebookstore in Sham Shui Po (M/F, 205 Tai Nam Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong). One of the bookstorekeepers, Ashley, has a particular interest in Hong Kong's social history and kindly promoted Women, Crime and the Courts on their Instagram account. Find them there at afterlife_bookstore or on Facebook. Thanks to them for this great



In UK & ROI your local bookshop can now order both books - the distributor is Gazelle, who have them in stock. Alternatively, it is available online from Hive, Blackwells, Bookshop.org - the first two offer free p&p and a better price than amazon.

In USA & Canada its available to order in your bookshop, or through Bookshop.org and other online retailers.
In other parts of the world it can be ordered direct from Blacksmith Books, who will ship by the fastest method - but bear in mind that there is currently very limited air freight from HK. 
Hive, Blackwells, Bookshop.org are UK based companies, supporting local bookshops and paying UK taxes. Please support them and help publishers, bookshops and authors survive!

Where to buy
Both Women, Crime & the Courts and Policing Hong Kong an Irish History are widely available in bookshops in HK, including Bookazine, Kelly & Walsh, Commercial Press and now ...