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>Adventures with Kids
>Alphabet of Vietnam, The
>Apologies Forthcoming
>Beijing: Portrait of a City
>Business Republic of China
>CHINA: Portrait of a People
>Chinese Ghosts
>Chinese Gods
>Chinese Wet Market Handbook, The
>Crocodile who wanted to be Famous, The
>Curious Diary of Mr Jam, The
>Diamond Hill
>Dictionary of the Asian Language, The
>Dim Sum: a survival guide
>Don't Joke on the Stairs
>Dragon Bones
>Dragon's Back, The
>Eating Smoke
>Eurasian Face, The
>Explore Macau
>Fishing in Hong Kong
>Great Walk of China, The
>Hit Me Again
>Hong Kong Cheap Eats
>Hong Kong for Kids
>Hong Kong Noir
>Hong Kong On Air
>Hong Kong State of Mind
>Hong Kong Unveiled
>Hong Kong Volunteers in Battle
>King Hui
>Kitchen Tiles
>Kowloon: Unknown Territory
>Lama of the Gobi
>Master of None
>May Moon Rescues the World Economy
>My Private China
>My Rooftop
>No City for Slow Men
>No Minister & No, Minister
>Once Upon a Time in Cairo
>Paper Tigress
>Paul's Records
>Pelma's Tears
>Remembering Bruce Lee
>Saudi Match Point
>Shanghai's Baghdadi Jews
>Sketches of Sai Kung
>Sketches of Soho
>Sketches of Stanley
>Sleeping Chinese
>Starting from Scrap
>Street Life Hong Kong
>Tales from Victoria Park
>Taste of Old Hong Kong, The
>Tell Me A Story
>Thai the Knot
>Tibet, the Last Cry
>Walking the Tycoons' Rope
>Waiting for the Dalai Lama
>Whispers and Moans
>Wing Chun Warrior
>With Bare Hands
>Wordjazz for Stevie
>Working Mothers, Happy Kids
>Year of Fire Dragons
>Yunnan Cookbook, The

QUICK LINKS: Authors (A-Z)
>Clare Baillieu
>Jon Benn
>Tom Carter
>Rachel Cartland
>Nicole Chabot
>Jonathan Chamberlain
>Ira Chaplain
>Linda Chia
>Liza Chu
>Muhammad Cohen
>Todd Crowell
>Amita Dholakia
>Graham Earnshaw
>Xujun Eberlein
>Feng Chi-shun
>Cecilie Gamst Berg
>Sayed Gouda
>Murray Gunn
>Andrew Simpson Guthrie
>Bernd Hagemann
>Ray Hecht
>Betty Hung
>John Hung
>Ken Ing
>Annabel Jackson
>Alan Jefferies
>Mariko Jesse
>Michael Kohn
>Nicole Lade
>Jack Leblanc
>Alexander Mamak
>Maisie Meyer
>Cindy Miller Stephens
>Francis Ng
>Jason Y. Ng
>Michael Perini
>Alain Robert
>Lorette Roberts
>Annelie Rozeboom
>Fred Schneiter
>Mike Sharp
>Pam Shookman
>Pop Soisangwan
>Pete Spurrier
>Evan Stewart
>Chris Thrall
>Paul Ulrich
>Jonathon Ving
>Robert Wang
>Thea Whittington
>Sarah Woods
>Yeeshan Yang
>Shannon Young
>Kirsteen Zimmern

Shanghai's Baghdadi Jews
A compilation of 26 biographical accounts from the entire spectrum of Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jewish society offers fresh insights into a remarkable community that lived through the crossroads of China’s 20th-century history. Using previously unseen diaries and archival material, Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews documents the rise and fall of larger-than-life personalities who witnessed the Sino-Japanese War, the Occupation of Shanghai and the Communist Party’s rise to power.

Year of Fire Dragons
In 2010, bookish 22-year-old Shannon follows her Eurasian boyfriend to Hong Kong, eager to forge a new love story in his hometown. But when work sends him to London a month later, Shannon embarks on a wide-eyed newcomer's journey through Hong Kong – alone. The city enchants her, forcing her to question her plans. Soon, she must make a choice between her new life and the love that first brought her to Asia.

Street Life Hong Kong
Hong Kong is famous for its bustling streets. In this book we hear from two dozen real people who provide its outdoor colour. These are the working people who are always seen but rarely heard, and in this book they tell their life stories in their own words. Sharp black-and-white portraits immerse the reader in the dynamic streetscape of Hong Kong.

The Yunnan Cookbook
Yunnan, an exotic land of former kingdoms which borders Tibet, Sichuan, Burma, Vietnam and Laos, is the most bio-diverse province in China. It is quite possibly the most beautiful part of the country, and also the most culturally rich. Each ethnic minority has its own distinct cooking ingredients, aromas and flavours – all brought together for the first time in this unique cookbook.

Remembering Bruce Lee
Even four decades after the passing of Asian martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee, his achievements still attract adoration from millions of movie fans. The biggest fan of all may be Jon Benn, who befriended the high-kicking hero while playing “the Big Boss”, a villain in Lee’s acclaimed 1972 movie The Way of the Dragon. Jon reminisces fondly about his experiences with Lee and a lifetime of other adventures.

The Taste of Old Hong Kong
Reminiscences and recipes of favourite international and regional dishes from households, fancy restaurants and back lanes which you can enjoy today in Hong Kong, that classy old gal who will forever reign as the Queen of Cuisine for all who knew her when she was the jewel of the British Empire. If you’ve ever daydreamed about what it might be like to drop back into an earlier, less hurried time in an exotic corner of the world, this is how we found the food, the friends and the fun in old Hong Kong.

Tibet, the Last Cry
China is massively investing to turn Tibet into a modern country. Downtown shops crammed with made-in-China fashion are run by battalions of saleswomen in uniform, and nightclubs draw crowds of Tibetan teenagers in search of Western music. Black-and-white photographs intertwine the clashes between two very different communities who have never fully understood each other. Both text and images immerse the reader in an eye-opening journey across the roof of the world.  

No City for Slow Men
Jason Y. Ng has a knack for making the familiar both fascinating and funny. Three years after his bestselling début HONG KONG State of Mind, the razor-sharp observer returns with a sequel that is bigger and every bit as poignant. No City for Slow Men is a collection of 36 essays that examine some of the pressing social, cultural and existential issues facing Hong Kong.

Paper Tigress
Rachel Cartland came to Hong Kong in 1972 as one of just two female expatriates in the Hong Kong Government’s elite administrative grade. Her life was shaped by the momentous events that rocked Hong Kong during the following action-packed years: corruption and the police mutiny, the growth of the new towns, the currency crisis of 1983, Tiananmen Square, the change of sovereignty and the devastation of SARS. Her story ranges from Kowloon’s Walled City to Government House to the rural New Territories.

My Private China
For the last 73 years, American Book Award winner Alex Kuo has travelled back-and-forth between America and China. These letters and essays portray the private China, and provide indispensable cultural information for anyone interested in the People’s Republic in the 21st century.

Hong Kong Noir
From the bestselling author of Diamond Hill. Hong Kong pathologist Feng Chi-shun was once part-owner of a dive bar in Kowloon City: a rough part of town which was home to the Sun Yee On triad gang. During that time, he heard a lot of stories. The 15 tales in Hong Kong Noir offer a glimpse of what happens in the shadows.

The Chinese Wet Market Handbook
Have you ever wondered about that wacky-looking fruit staring back at you in the local wet market? Or did you want to know how to cook a particular Chinese vegetable, but don’t have the language skills? The Chinese Wet Market Handbook gives you the answers!

Hong Kong Unveiled
Hong Kong Unveiled is an 'Access All Areas' pass into Chinese culture and customs.  Invited to a Chinese wedding or business function and don’t know the correct form? This book will lead you through the minefield where an innocent mistake could see you lose your friend or your business connection. Want to change a run of bad luck? Or are your jokes falling flat with your Chinese friends? Find out how and why in this far-ranging book. 

Kowloon: Unknown Territory
What do "deep water pier", "nine dragons city" and "mandarin's lake" have in common with "Wong Tai Sin", the name of a Taoist deity? They're all districts in Kowloon. This book is an exploration of what is often seen as Hong Kong's shadow-side, from the viewpoints of community, consumerism, art, food, fashion and sex – 15 years after the handover.

The Curious Diary of Mr Jam
He tried to bring comedy to Asia, but everyone just laughed at him
Sam Jam’s whole life had been a tragic mistake. As a humorist in Asia he had repeatedly been sacked, blacklisted and chased out of buildings. But he refuses to believe that his audiences of conservative Muslims, Communist officials, religious police and Asian citizens in general have no sense of humour.

Walking the Tycoons' Rope
Robert Wang fled the Chinese civil war at the age of five and came to Hong Kong with nothing. The colony was a harsh place in the 1950s and 1960s. But he was determined to rise to the top – and through hard work and resolve, he got there. Robert’s rags-to-riches story offers a rare look inside the unimaginably wealthy world of Hong Kong’s property tycoons.

Hong Kong for Kids
Hong Kong’s best selling parents’ guide is back, completely revised and more comprehensive than ever before, with 70+ outing ideas! Filled with exciting child-friendly activities to do, see and experience, Hong Kong for Kids gives parents and educators all the important information they need to have a successful and stress-free outing with kids.

Master of None
Does a man need a stint in jail to complete his life experiences? From Stanley Prison, corporate high-flyer John T. Hung recounts his life in a sweep of Hong Kong history over five generations – from his family roots in the 19th century through World War II to the present. The story tracks the richness of his mixed heritage and upbringing, his steady rise and precipitous fall from the pinnacles of corporate Hong Kong to the life-destroying court case and heartbreaking incarceration.

Don't Joke on the Stairs
China – what’s not to love? Join longtime Hong Kong resident and Cantonese fundamentalist Cecilie Gamst Berg as she ploughs through the non-stop surreal-fest that is today’s China, stopping occasionally to ruminate about the travails of trying to make Cantonese a world language. In this book you’ll find answers to everything you wanted to know about China, such as: What does “the slippery are very crafty” really mean?

Eating Smoke
Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless and hooked on crystal meth. Soon he began working for the 14K, Hong Kong’s largest crime family, as a doorman in one of their nightclubs in the Wan Chai red-light district. This is his true story.

The Alphabet of Vietnam
There is a darkness in men's hearts that war sets free. When their war is over, they bring that darkness back home with them. It's a short trail from the jungles of Vietnam to the forests of the Appalachian Mountains.
This complex tale involves a journey to Vietnam and into the dark past: a past where Clausewitz, the philosopher of war, meets de Sade, the philosopher of man's own individual evil.

Dragon Bones
Wedged deep in the Himalaya between India and China, the secretive kingdom of Bhutan guards its independence while around it, Sikkim and Tibet have been swallowed by the giants and Nepal is rife with unrest.
Murray Gunn and his French wife came to love and better understand Bhutan while living there for two years — but risked their marriage in the process. A travel memoir of discovery and change.

Hong Kong State of Mind
A collection of essays by a popular blogger who zeroes in on the city’s idiosyncrasies with deadpan precision. At once an outsider looking in and an insider looking out, Jason Y. Ng has created something for everyone: a travel journal for the passing visitor, a user’s manual for the wide-eyed expat, and an open diary for the native Hong Konger looking for moments of reflection.


A day in the life...
The Asian Books Blog asked Blacksmith's publisher about his typical working day.

Book Giveaway
Every now and then, we give away copies of our newest title to the first people to correctly answer our prize question. Go to our blog to find out more!

Forging the Future
Blacksmith Books was profiled in Time Out — read the article here. The magazine also asked how to get a book published in Hong Kong, and Blacksmith's Pete Spurrier was one of the local publishers interviewed.

Wordjazz for Stevie
"This may be the most moving story you will ever read.” — Sunday Telegraph

Apologies Forthcoming
"Chinese-American authors such as Iris Chang and Amy Tan have made a significant contribution to factual and fictional literature, but few have a tale to tell as piquant as Xujun Eberlein's." — South China Morning Post

Look inside the book
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Business Republic of China
"[Leblanc] is propelled forward by the strength of his stories. And this is a man with some cracking stories to tell. ... While other similar works can come across as either too academic or too broad and macro-focused, Business Republic of China is rich in practical detail. Leblanc’s experiences make for instructive reading for any foreign executive doing business in China." — China Economic Review

Wing Chun Warrior
"The story of Duncan Leung childhood friend of Bruce Lee and disciple of Wing Chun master Yip Man is valuable not only for the insights it offers into Chinese martial arts but also for its portrayal of the lost Hong Kong of the 1950s and 1960s." — Asia Times

CHINA: Portrait of a People
"A striking, kaleidoscopic vision of China's lands and people." The Beijinger

Anyone interested in China should love owning it." Cairns Media Magazine

"Well worth having on your bookshelf."
South China Morning Post

“Tom Carter is an extraordinary photographer whose powerful work captures the heart and soul of the Chinese people.” — Anchee Min

King Hui
"Hui’s story gives us glimpses of a Hong Kong the opium dens, the pool halls, the nightclubs, the casinos and the girls, girls, girls not adequately reflected in official histories of the city." Asia Times

Reel Life
Whispers and MoansYeeshan Yang’s investigative work Whispers and Moans has been brought to the big screen
by Hong Kong filmmaker Herman Yau. Starring Athena Chu Yan, the movie premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, where Yau was honoured as Director in Focus.

China lifts ban on French Spiderman
Just months after he was expelled from China for climbing Shanghai's tallest building without permission, a daring French climber is preparing to scale another Chinese peak
but this time at the invitation of the government. Alain Robert, dubbed the French Spiderman for his ascents up some of the world's tallest buildings without climbing gear, will scale one of China's best known mountains in the northern province of Hunan.

Wing Chun Warrior
Duncan Leung was introduced to Wing Chun Kung Fu by his childhood friend, famed screen star Bruce Lee. At the age of 13, he became the formal disciple of sixth-generation master Yip Man. Yip taught him how to apply Wing Chun to actual fighting. Since moving to Virginia Beach in 1976, Leung has taught US Navy SEALs, members of the FBI, and various SWAT teams. Now you can read his true fighting tales!

Chinese Gods
Who are they? Where did they come from? What do they do? Chinese folk religion is the underlying belief system of more than a billion people. Go into any home, office or restaurant and you will see altars, statues or paper ‘good luck’ images. And wherever there is a Chinese community there are temples and Earth God shrines. But what is the religion that makes sense of all these expressions of belief?

CHINA: Portrait of a People
Following in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Mao Zedong, Tom Carter made his own Long March throughout the People's Republic. On his route through over 200 cities and villages, Carter left footprints in every province, becoming one of the few Westerners to have done so. This small-format book fills the need for a better understanding of the diverse Chinese people.

No Minister & No, Minister
The outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong had only a short-term impact on the local economy, but left the city with a political hot potato. Mike Rowse launches his new book — subtitled The True Story of HarbourFest at the Foreign Correspondents' Club. Click for more details.

Apologies Forthcoming
It was some decade. The universities were closed. Students were at war. Poetry was banned. And the word “love,” unless applied to Mao, was expressly forbidden. Artists were denounced, and many opted for suicide. This is the time its madness, its passion, its complexity that Xujun Eberlein brings vividly to life in her moving collection of short stories about the millions who lived during China’s Cultural Revolution.

The Great Walk of China
How long would it take to walk across the world's most populous country? Graham Earnshaw is finding out. The Great Walk of China is a journey into China's heartland, away from its surging coastal cities, where the ripples of prosperity are only just beginning to be felt. Through his conversations with the people he meets along the way, the Chinese-speaking Earnshaw paints a portrait of a nation struggling to come to terms with its newfound identity and its place in the world.

Sleeping Chinese
Shanghai shut-eye? For documentary evidence of Chinese demonstrating the art of extreme napping, check out Bernd Hagemann's new book! “When China wakes, she will shake the world,” warned Napoleon. This may be true. But let’s not forget that hardworking people need their sleep too.

Diamond Hill
"Diamond Hill was one of the poorest and most backward of villages in Hong Kong when Hong Kong itself was poor and backward. We moved there in 1956 when I was almost 10. I left when I was 19. Those were the formative years of my life. It’s a time that I remember well and cherish." A warm memoir of a hard time and place.

Wordjazz for Stevie
The painful, loving and powerfully written story of a Hong Kong girl who was profoundly handicapped and lived for only eight years — yet who changed the world. She inspired her father to found two charities. Read this book, be moved by it. Let it change your life too.

The Eurasian Face
No one represents the move towards diversity better than Eurasians – those individuals with a mix of Caucasian and Asian heritage. Once a source of shame, the Eurasian face has become the face that sells. It is the face with which everyone can identify. This book of interviews and portraits reveals how Eurasians see their place in the world today.

Lama of the Gobi
The Fourth Noyon Incarnate Lama of the Gobi Desert caused so many scandals that the Manchu Emperor banned his reincarnation. So when a young child was enthroned as the Fifth, the Emperor issued an edict of execution on the boy and all associated with the event. The child was only saved by the intervention of the Panchen Lama and the young Dalai Lama. Their efforts proved well worthwhile, for the boy went on to become one of the greatest creative geniuses of 19th-century Mongolia.

Dim Sum: a survival guide
Why limit yourself to the English menu when ordering dim sum? Cantonese teacher Liza Chu has a part-time career as a Hong Kong dim sum guide, and she has distilled her knowledge of Chinese cuisine and dining etiquette into this practical guidebook to eating out. Let Liza show you how to yum cha like a local!

Waiting for the Dalai Lama
Why does the issue of Tibet rouse such passions on both sides? And is there any way to find common ground? Chinese-speaking journalist Annelie Rozeboom worked as a foreign correspondent in China for ten years. During that time she was able to interview numerous Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet, as well as Chinese residents, Western observers and the Dalai Lama himself. As these people explain their life stories, it becomes clear to the reader why they think the way they do.

Explore Macau
Walking is the best way to get to know any city, and Macau — the former Portuguese colony returned to China in 1999 — is made for walking. Only seven miles square, one can easily walk from the Border Gate to the A-Ma Temple at the tip of Macau in a day. This guide describes eight routes around the urban peninsula and its outlying islands, sufficient to explore and understand this fascinating old city and its unique blend of European and Asian architecture, cuisine and cultures.





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