Golden Boy

Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

Martin Booth

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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.

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Golden Boy
1PORT OUTFIFTY FEET BELOW, MY GRANDPARENTS STOOD SIDE BY SIDE. IT WAS A warm spring day, yet my paternal grandfather, Grampy, wore a grey trilby with a black band and an overcoat buttoned to his neck. From far off, he looked like a retired Chicago mobster. His wife wore a broad-brimmed Edwardian hat decorated with faded feathers and wax flowers, which, even at that distance, gave the impression of being on the verge of melting. Her mound of white hair being insufficiently dense to retain her hat pin, every time she craned her neck to look up at me, the hat slid off backwards and Grampy

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"One of the most original and engaging memoirs of recent years. Personal, witty, and true."--The Times (London)
 
"A dream world, enchantingly recreated . . . Bold and curious, Booth treated Hong Kong as his personal amusement park, making a beeline to every single location expressly forbidden by his parents, including and especially the secret walled city controlled by the Chinese mafia. . . . An extraordinarily happy book, filled with . . . color, variety, adventure . . . hilarious set-pieces, and pulsating with Hong Kong's vibrant street life."--William Grimes, The New York Times

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Martin Booth

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.

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Golden Boy
Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
Martin Booth

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
November 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426262
ISBN10: 0312426267
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$19.00

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466818583
ISBN10: 1466818581
352 pages
$7.99
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