Maverick House Acquires Rights to Eating Smoke

Maverick House has bought the Irish, British, Australian, New Zealand and South African rights to Eating Smoke by Chris Thrall from Hong Kong based Blacksmith Books, an independent English language publisher owned by Pete Spurrier. “Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless, hooked on crystal […]

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The All-time Hong Kong Tale

King Hui: The Man Who Owned All the Opium in Hong Kong Jonathan Chamberlain has done history a great favour; filling in what for many a keen observer is a void in Hong Kong’s not-so-distant past. In KING HUI, he preserves from the sands of time a story like no other; one that weaves its […]

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When a Pixel Portrays a Hundred Thousand Words

Here’s my amazon review for Tom Carter’s incredible photo book on China When a Pixel Portrays a Hundred Thousand Words A picture painted a thousand words. That was before Tom Carter started taking them. Now, it seems, a pixel portrays a hundred thousand – and that’s for those of us with limited imagination! I first […]

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Eating Smoke: One Man’s Decent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland – a crystal meth addiction memoir

“Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong. Sacked from a bizarre series of jobs, he found himself homeless, hooked on crystal meth and working for the 14K, Hong Kong’s largest crime family, as a doorman in the Wanchai red-light district. Dealing with violence, psychosis and the ‘Foreign Triad’ – a […]

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