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Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

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At seven years old, Martin Booth found himself with all of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in 1952. This is his memoir of that youth, a time when he had access to corners of the colony normally closed to a gweilo, a pale fellow like him. From the plink plonk man with his dancing monkey to Nagasaki Jim, and from a drunken child molester to the Queen of Kowloon (the crazed tramp who may have been a Romanov), Martin saw it all--but his memoir illustrates a deeper challenge in his warring parents. This is an intimate and powerful memory of a place and time now past.


ISBN-13: 9780312426262

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL

Publication Date: 11-14-2006

Pages: 352

Product Dimensions: 8.40h x 5.40w x 1.00d

Martin Booth wrote the nonfiction histories Cannabis and Opium and the novel Hiroshima Joe, among many others. He died shortly after completing this manuscript in 2004.