Author(s): Philip Snow
On Christmas Day 1941 the Japanese captured Hong Kong, and Britain lost control of its Chinese colony for almost four years. The Japanese occupation was a turning point in the slow historical process by which the British were to be expelled from the colony and from four centuries of influence in East Asia. In this powerfully researched narrative, Philip Snow for the first time unravels the dramatic story of the occupation from the viewpoint of all the key players - the Hong Kong Chinese, the British, the Japanese, and the mainland Chinese - and reinterprets the subsequent evolution of Hong Kong in the light of this half-buried episode.
"stimulating and highly informative" Jonathan Mirsky, Literary Review; "The amount of work involved, and the clarity of mind Snow brings to his storytelling and contextualising, are amazing". John Lanchester, Daily Telegraph"
Philip Snow is an orientalist educated at Oxford University. The son of the writers C.P. Snow and Pamela Hansford Johnson, he is author of the acclaimed The Star Raft: China's Encounter with Africa.