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UPDATE: I've asked David to remove the PDF copy of the book from the Gwulo website, so it is no longer available for download. Copies of the printed book can still be found at Abe Books, Amazon, and the Hong Kong Public Library.

Peter A Hall
Heswall, March 2019


 

My book, “In the Web”, was first published in 1992 in England, after the Hong Kong University Press declined its publication after I refused to delete certain paragraphs from my book

I started by trying to research my Hong Kong Eurasian forbears.  However, this met with universal disapproval and a ‘closed shop’ attitude from my elders, including my family members.

After progressing as well as I was able with my paternal name HALL and my maternal name GITTINS, I then decided to find as many other Eurasian families linked to my own by marriage and other means.

This extended research would not have been possible without a huge amount of help from my good friend, the late Rev Carl T Smith, Honorary Vice President, The Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch.

On the back of my 2012 edition, he wrote:-

“For me personally, the contents are invaluable – and it is so convenient to have it altogether.”

My first edition sold over 1,500 copies; the 2012 edition, now out of print, updated the first edition as more information became available.

I now consider for those persons who may be interested in Hong Kong Eurasian family history, and who are unable to obtain any copy of my book, it was time to make it more readily available for research without any charge.

David Bellis has and is doing a grand job with his Gwulo website.  This seemed to me to be the ideal platform for my book, “In the Web”, to be made available for others interested in Hong Kong Eurasian history.

Peter A Hall
Heswall, April 2018

Comments

A searchable copy is so nice to have.  (I was lucky enough to get a print copy when it was updated). Thank you so much.

Hi Peter

Sorry to switch topics on the thread here - but I wanted to ask you a question about one of your other works, on the development of cricket in HK? I recently came across the story of the beginnings of Craigengower cricket club - the development of an after school club on the side of a graveyard, the pioneering formation of the league in 1903, the social context (plague, restrictive property laws, ) the sporting context (the disastrous shipwreck in the late 19th century and its impact on the HK cricket team). I can't stop thinking about the story in the context of the sport today, potential for cricket's growth across East Asia, etc.

I'd be fascinated in reading a bit of your book on the history of the time - but I just wanted to know first whether you refer to Craigengower, and the formation of the cricket league and its immediate aftermath (popularity / attendance / growth of other teams etc)?

Anyway - thanks for reading, and I hope this fits with the forum guidelines.

Christy Romer

"David Bellis has and is doing a grand job with his Gwulo website.  This seemed to me to be the ideal platform for my book, “In the Web”, to be made available for others interested in Hong Kong Eurasian history.

Peter A Hall"

This sounds like it's available, but the next entry seems to contradict that, saying you've asked that it be removed? Sorry if I'm confused. I realize the post is a year old, but just wanted to find out which is correct if someone can let me know.

Thanks

Brian

 

I confirm that the PDF copy of the book has been removed from this site and is no longer available to download.

As noted above, "Copies of the printed book can still be found at Abe Books, Amazon, and the Hong Kong Public Library."

Regards, David

The book in Abe Books, and Amazon is too expensive to afford. I know that's only my financial problem. But could you contact Mr.Hall whether he can permit to upload the PDF at some e-book paltform, such as google book? So that I can pay not so much and read. Thanks a lot

I made the electronic copy of my book, "In the Web" available to readers of gwulo, but unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to remove this availability.

I don't plan to make the electronic copy available again, but copies of the printed book can still be found, as described above.

Regards, Peter