Entries by David

The Hong Kong Rugby 7’s

Yesterday I went to the 2017 Hong Kong Rugby 7’s, played in Hong Kong Stadium in Causeway Bay. It is one of the most popular sporting events in Asia. Thousands of fans, many dressed in costumes, party in the stands as teams from all over the world compete on the pitch. In an excerpt from […]




Age Of Empires

The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently running an exhibition called ‘Age Of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties’. The exhibit features a 2,000-year old burial suit made of jade, just like the one in my book ‘A Devil in Hong Kong’. A New York Times article on […]




Myanmar’s Rohingya minority

A few days ago Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the United Nations on the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim minority, the Rohingyas. The over 1 million Rohingyas living in Myanmar are treated as illegal immigrants. About 120,000 of the minority group are currently held in squalid camps in […]




Excerpt from the current novel that I am writing.

Prologue It was the dead birds that people noticed first. Dark shapes defacing the narrow asphalt roadways of the small, rural Lantau Island community of Pui O like droppings from one of the feral water buffalos that roamed the forests and fields surrounding the town. The overseers of Hong Kong’s skies, the troubadours of the […]




On Writing and the Martial Arts

My stories revolve around seriously psychotic bad guys doing very gruesome things. Even my good guys can be outlandish. I therefore often get the question, “Where do the crazy things that you write about come from?” A fair question: particularly from those who know me as an architect rather than as an author. I think […]




A Fascination With Bareknuckle Boxing

I have just put the finishing touches on my third novel, ‘A Devil In Hong Kong’, and so I am opening myself up to inspiration for my next book. The way that I write is unpremeditated. I allow an interesting aspect of the world that crosses my path and which captures my attention to flow […]




A Fascination With Bareknuckle Boxing

I have just put the finishing touches on my third novel, ‘A Devil In Hong Kong’, and so I am opening myself up to inspiration for my next book. The way that I write is very unpremeditated. I allow an interesting aspect of the world that crosses my path and which captures my attention to […]




Writing on Airplanes

I am an author, but I also have, as most of us do, a very busy job. You know, the one that pays the bills. So when people find out that I am an author who has two published books they invariably say, “How do you find the time to write?” On reflection, I wonder […]




The Ghosts of Stanley Prison

In ‘The Witch of Wanchai’, Hong Kong’s Stanley Prison is the backdrop for an interrogation scene. As Detective Ian Hamilton walks the corridors of the old prison he feels the ghosts of Stanley’s past haunting its passageways of white-washed concrete walls and heavy, gray metal doors. “Stanley Prison was opened in 1937, and new layers […]




Witch of Wanchai Sample Chapter

Chapter 6 It was Sunday night in Hong Kong. Lilly spun her body around in circles to the music, her arms flung high above her head. She could feel the ‘whump, whump’ of the Surabaya Club’s techno beat in the packed lesbian bar vibrating deep inside her body like a tuning fork. Around her other […]