Hong Kong Book Lists
The Animated History of Hong Kong
Books set in HONG KONG
In its last days under British rule, Jan Morris explores Hong Kong's complex past, present — and future. Humped or supine, silent in the haze, to the south and west the islands seem to lie bewitched along the dim blue coast of China, and to the north a line of mainland hills stands like a rampart — the hills of Kowloon, or Nine Dragons. With luck the sea, when the mist disperses, will be a tremendous emerald green, and if one looks with a sufficiently selective eye it is easy enough to imagine the place as it was when it first entered world history, years ago. They float paper boats shaped like junks and steamships. One is double-prowed like the cross-harbour Star Ferry which plies its way back and forth between Hong Kong [island] and Kowloon, never having to turn around.
Hong Kong Noir: Fifteen true tales from the dark side of the city
By Rory Boland. Covering the political and cultural angles on the city as well as fiction and personal memoirs, these are our ten best books about Hong Kong. His balanced approach to the subject means both British and Chinese influences are dealt with equally with the starring role reserved for ordinary Hong Kongers, who, as Tsang details, transformed the city into the powerhouse it is today. A stinging critique of Hong Kong and its British elite in the dying days of colonial rule, Kowloon Tong is a typically gripping Theroux novel stringing together inept British families, corrupt mainland businessmen and the shadowy streets of the Hong Kong crime world. The book is an excellent thriller outright, but is also an insight into the uncertainty Hong Kong felt at the impending Hong Kong Handover.
Make Your Own List. Hong Kong continues to simmer with tension, years on from the 'Umbrella Protests' that made news around the world. But will it lead to advances in democracy or crackdowns by Beijing? Jason Ng , lawyer and author of Umbrellas in Bloom , chooses five of the best books for understanding China's 'foster child' city. Interview by Alec Ash. Born in Hong Kong, Jason Y.
British journalist and novelist John Lancheste r spent much of his younger life in Hong Kong. His epic novel Fragrant Harbour , which spans much of the 20th century, begins in It tells the story of Tom Stewart, a young, adventure-hungry Englishman who journeys on the SS Darjeeling to Hong Kong , where he discovers a world of corruption and glamour. While this was was strongly denounced by the Chinese government, it laid the foundations for the freedoms that the people of Hong Kong cherish. Set in Hong Kong, this cross-cultural love story charts the complexities of a relationship between a married British foreign correspondent and a Eurasian doctor, deftly capturing the clashing values of East and West.