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In the web
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