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

Delighted to have Women, Crime & 
the Courts as the cover story for SCMP Magazine on 28th March 2021. Accompanied by Adolfo Arranz's atmospheric illustrations, the excerpts from the book tell of a violent murder in 1901 and the heartless kidnapping of a young woman a year earlier. The first story is deeply sad - whether or not Wong Po had committed the dreadful crime, she was not destined to live long. But Tong Kui's case does, at least, have a happier ending. This link brings up a pdf version of the article.
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.
In UK & ROI your local bookshop can now order WCC - the distributor is Gazelle.
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. 
Policing Hong Kong will be back in stock in the UK/ROI in the next few months, but if you want one before then, contact Patricia O'Sullivan at info@socialhistoryhk.com. You can even have a signed copy!
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