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. 


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Women, Crime and 

the Courts:

Hong Kong 1841-1941 

 published by  BlacksmithBooks 

18th December 2020. 

ISBN 978-988-79639-8-1

 more information here

For a preview of what's inside:


Author talk given to Royal Asiatic  Society HK Branch on 3rd March and kindly made available here by them.

Featured as Gwulo.com first newsletter of 2021 - read excerpts and how it came to be written: HK's Criminal Women

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.
As freight remains disrupted between HK and the rest of the world, the fastest way to get hold of a copy of WCC is direct from Blacksmith Books - usually takes c.8 days to UK.
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