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This is an auction for GWEILO: A MEMOIR OF A HONG KONG CHILDHOOD, by Martin Booth. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! As a long-term Hong Kong resident and sentimental fool, I'm almost bound to say that Gweilo and my adopted home are utter magic. Sadly, I live in London right now and, like me, those with a tendency to homesickness will probably read Gweilo and immediately want to get on the first Cathay flight home. For Gweilo is a terrific story with intimate glimpses of Hong Kong in the 1950s seen through the eyes of a curious little boy called Martin and his ill-suited, warring parents. It gets five stars just for the author's enviable ability to conjure up unforgettable images. Along the way we meet triad gangsters, temple monks, opium smokers, soothing mama-sans, snake charmers, fortune tellers, tram drivers, scary dentists and whitey policemen barking out orders in Cantonese. There are household cooks who could make flans levitate, hotel gardeners with murder on their minds, and an English naval officer who liked Cantonese food. (Ye gods!).much of what Booth describes hasn't existed for a very long time. The hotels that the Booth's lived in disappeared long ago. Boundary Street is notable only for Britain's shameful handover negotiations. The Booth's apartment on Mount Austin lasted until 1998 when it was torn down. Gweilo may be more time capsule than travelogue, but the weirdness lives on. Summing up, Time magazine put it best when it said, ` ... this sunny, luminous memoir - along with the three forthcoming children's books the dying Booth also completed - will have to serve as his epitaph, ensuring that he will remain forever young'. I couldn't agree more. Rest in Peace Mr Booth."

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Paperback 2005.

380 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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