‘The novel does an excellent job of taking us from the apolitical centre of this city of commerce, into its highly politicised underworld.’ Nice review of Hong Kong Rocks in The Manchester Review of Books, 17/07/20.
Peter Humphreys – Hong Kong Rocks (Proverse Hong Kong, 2019)
Strange times in the vertical city. Reality continues to leapfrog literature.
Peter Humphreys’ Hong Kong Rocks is set in an alternative version of that troubled city where, rather than the massive crackdown currently being pushed by Beijing, the CCP are instead being more subtle, and only targeting expats.
The novel follows a rag-tag group of deadbeat Brits. Four middle aged men living on booze and regret. The four are shepherded along by their long-suffering pub landlord, Jeanie, who is a pro-democracy activist.
The narrative begins with a picture of expat life on HK. Paul tries to teach English to stroppy kids. Nick is bullied by bankers in his running club, “Pure Hash”. While Fenton, relic of Empire, has holed up in his compound, waiting for one last showdown with the commies.
Our expats receive their expulsion orders and a death…
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