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One Thousand Days in Hong Kong

By Mark Harland

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong handover.

Special hardback edition, all signed and numbered.

Release date: 30 June 2017 - Print run limited to 1997 

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978-0-993589560 [B12]

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In the 1960s, Hong Kong was probably the most dynamic city in the world. Adjacent to Communist China, the most populous nation on Earth, the city bustled with life. 

What was it like to cross the Fragrant Harbour daily to attend a British Army School eight thousand miles from the United Kingdom? This is a teenage schoolboy's recollection of the most exciting days of his life. Whether you have been to Hong Kong or not, it is an exhilarating read.


Back cover blurb

Faced with a straight choice between a boarding school in England or three years at a British Army School in Hong Kong, Mark Harland chose the latter.

In 1966 Hong Kong was exhilarating, dynamic and evolving into the richest jewel in the British Empire. Across the border, Communist China, the most populous country on earth, was in turmoil with Mao Tse-Tung's Red Guards running amok and maintaining their version of law and order in the most brutal fashion. How did it affect the Crown Colony, a mere pin-prick on the map of the Middle Kingdom? 

The author traces his arrival by cargo ship on a steaming hot August night and recounts his memories. Using three consecutive years of progress at St. Georges School in Kowloon as a template for this book, Mark Harland interlinks the everyday events of colonial life into a melange of history, geography and politics.

Whether you have lived in Hong Kong or not, the account of those 'One Thousand Days' will leave you feeling that you, too, crossed the 'Fragrant Harbour' twice a day to attend a school administered by the British Army six thousand miles away from either Agincourt or Aldershot.


Further information: MVHarland.com



From Comment
2017-06-30 Paula .... When Mark told me he was writing a sequel to his wonderful book “Malta, My Island” I was eager to read about his three years in Hong Kong and I was privileged to be one of the first to read about his time there.

Having never been to Hong Kong and only seen bits of it on the TV I made my way through his pages and my imagination ran amok as he described in detail the geography of the place, his journeys to school, some history of the place and the overall landscape of what is obviously a magnificent corner of our planet.

For anyone who has been to Hong Kong this fascinating book will bring back so many memories for you and will probably make the hairs on your neck stand up as indeed did mine. As with Mark’s story of his time in Malta his words are so realistic that I felt I was actually there and I must congratulate him on recalling his school life as a teenager abroad.

He lived a dream and is now able to present his memories from over 50 years ago for us all to enjoy. Whether you have experience of Hong Kong or not do not let this book pass you by.

Jim Goodman

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