A True Friend to China

The Friends Ambulance Unit ‘China Convoy’, 1945-1951. By Andrew Hicks

China in the late 1940s was another world, an ancient society still in the grips of feudalism, desperately poor and in need of modernisation. There are many formal histories of those pivotal and turbulent times but Jack Jones is among the few foreigners to have written contemporary accounts of day-to-day life there. Together with his fellow members of the Friends Ambulance Unit ‘China Convoy’, his long struggle to bring medical supplies and services to the poorest regions of China is vividly evoked in this book.

Tea on the Great Wall

An American Girl in War-Torn China. By Patricia Luce Chapman

“Shirley Temple” in Wonderland meets Chinese opium addicts, Nazis, and Japanese bayonets. China in the 1930s and a young American girl is an eye-witness as the world falls apart. Patricia Luce Chapman’s memoir is full of the color and feel of living as a foreigner in a Chinese world, the encroachment of the Japanese, the takeover by the Nazis of the German school in Shanghai which she attended. This book more than any other brings to life the era and the link through to today.

Willow Pattern Walkabout

By Kirwan Ward and Paul Rigby. With a New Foreword by Graham Earnshaw

Unexpectedly in 1958, an irreverent British journalist and Australian cartoonist duo were granted visas to visit Communist China at its most closed and inscrutable. They went, the saw, and they produced one of the great classics of China books, Willow Pattern Walkabout, a unique and sadly forgotten book, now resurrected.

Sixty-four Chance Pieces

A Cycle of Stories from the I Ching - The Book of Changes

The Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes, is one of the oldest and strangest of all books, a masterpiece of world literature, a divination manual and a magnet for the deranged and the obsessive. In Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, novelist and philosopher Will Buckingham puts the I Ching to work, using it to weave together sixty-four stories of chance and change, each flowing from one of the I Ching’s 64 hexagrams.

Hong Kong Policeman

Law, life and death on the streets of Hong Kong. An English police inspector tells it as it was. By Chris Emmett

Hong Kong in 1970 was the fastest expanding city in the world, a city that lived on three levels - the expatriates, nearly always British who lived in almost complete isolation; the vast mass of Chinese residents struggling to get by and improve their lot; and finally the criminal and corrupt underside which not only fought among itself but also affected the life of everyone else in the Crown Colony through fear and corruption. Fighting to hold this in check – and by and large succeeding – were the Hong Kong police force. At the officer level, many were British.

It's A Rough Game But Good Sport

The life, times and personalities of the Shanghai Rugby Football Club. By Simon Drakeford

The Treaty Port of Shanghai was established in 1843. As the ‘Model Settlement’ grew, thoughts inevitably turned to recreation. A race course was built almost immediately, cricket was first played in Shanghai in 1854, a rowing club was founded in 1867 and in the same year the first Shanghai Football Club took to the field, playing a variant of the game that was more like ‘rugby’ than ‘soccer’, but was a hybrid of both.

Shanghai’s Art Deco Master

Paul Veysseyre’s Architecture in the French Concession. By Spencer Dodington & Charles Lagrange
Old Shanghai’s architecture is world famous, particularly for the many Art Deco buildings designed and erected during its golden age in the 1920s and 1930s, before the Japanese invaded and the world changed. Many of the Art Deco gems in Shanghai were designed by the French architect Paul Veysseyre, the focus of this book. Co-author Spencer Dodington has lived in and renovated many of Shanghai’s Art Deco masterpieces while Charles Lagrange has chronicled the history of Shanghai’s French Concession in numerous articles.
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