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

I'm eagerly looking forward to the West Cork History Festival - this year over the weekend 6th-8th August, and all online. Themes are Ireland's partition and its relationship with and in the British Empire. That's where I come in with the Newmarket men who policed colonial Hong Kong aka the Unsinkable Constable (on Sat. 7th). There's a wealth of talks and discussions over the weekend, many free, some paid by donation. Check out their website.  

The Festival had to be cancelled last year, and sadly it was not yet possible to be back in its lovely setting in Skibbereen, West Cork. But in this format, many more will have access to a fabulous line-up of speakers and topics - check it out! Here's the link again!

I first heard about it a while ago in HK when the then Consul General, Peter Ryan, pointed me in its direction ... great to be involved this year!
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WCHF small logo - landscape.jpg
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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