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At first, moving east appears an inspired decision for Troy. But things take a disastrous turn. He inadvertently becomes embroiled in a debauched adventure, involving the players and oddballs ofHong Kong’s cocaine underworld … and a police informant against his will.
“In his debut novel, Andrew Carter serves up a well-crafted cautionary tale that penetratesHong Kong’s glitzy surface and explores a darker side of expat life.” – Peter Gregoire, prize-winning author of best-selling thrillers, Article 109 and The Devil You Know.
A character in a popular cop show, Dan Symmonds, is written out of the series and finds himself lingering in Cop Show Heaven. Here he must try to discover some depth to his personality in order to inspire a writer to re-invent him.
But of course, that’s just propaganda because nobody really wants depth, they just want what sells, or if not that, they just want that which sells what they want to sell! Here we are in a world aware of its own fictional nature, questioning the reasons for its own existence.
In this parody of parodies, any resemblance that Cop Show Heaven bears to Hong Kong and its film-making community is purely coincidental and whoever the readership assumes any of the characters to resemble is much mistaken. All is fiction. All is fantasy. Nothing is predicted. No thesis is proffered. No solution is offered. And it all ends asHollywood would have it end, with a beginning. Shakespeare might hold up a mirror to the times, but Gray holds up a mirror to the mirror.
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A pressing need for income tempts Scott Lee to take on media tycoon, Rufus Lam’s case. It seems like a straightforward enough missing person’s search. – Find out what happened to Rufus Lam’s friend and close business partner, Terence Auyeung. –Take the money and move on. That’s the aim. A nice distraction too, from the growing malaise into which Hong Kong, the once vibrant city which has been Scott’s home for the past ten years, is slowly sinking. Sure, it’s 2017 and the city is about to elect its new Chief Executive. But not with the election systemHong Kong people want,Beijing has seen to that. The dream of democracy – true democracy – ended in 2014 when the initial exhilaration of the Umbrella Protests petered into nothing. But as Scott digs deeper in his search for Auyeung, he soon discovers that the Umbrella Generation never dissipated. It just went into hibernation, waiting for the right leader and the right time, to take up the cause once more. That leader is none other than Scott’s client, Rufus Lam. That time is now. And Scott’s caught right in the middle of it.
Bilingual (English / Chinese) historical fiction for young adults, set in Tibet. Mila the Magician tells the adventures of a young man, Mila, who leaves home to learn black magic. After overcoming many difficulties, he becomes a powerful sorcerer. An adventure story; it is also a tale of revenge, as it delves into the psychology and ramifications of vengeance. But successful revenge does not make Mila happy. He is deeply remorseful as he has harmed many innocent people. In penitence, he turns to Buddhsim, and eventually he becomes a great saint.
Teen activist Pet Peasant has no time for administrative red tape. All she wants is an audience with the high regent. Without changes in the law, her village will suffer. With her best friends, Pet sets off on a journey to the centre of power. But events spiral out of control quickly. Terrifying monsters hunt her. Why? Is there something special about her?
Pet’s quest takes her across the realm, through a murky swamp tyrannized by an outlandish master and eerie woods twisted by dark magic. As the stakes rise, her friends fall, and the drums of war sound louder, an incredible and inescapable truth dawns on Pet.
The Perilous Passage of Princess Petunia Peasant was a finalist in the 2013 international Proverse Prize.
Supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
A Proverse Prize Publication 2012
Genre: Fiction. Short stories and texts.
ISBN 13: 978-988-8227-16-7
Format: pbk. 222pp.
Size: 210mm x 145mm
Pub. date: 19 November 2013
LAWRENCE GRAY has worked as a television scriptwriter in theUK andSingapore, contributing episodes to popular TV series. Born and educated in theUK (LeedsUniversity), he has lived inHong Kong for twenty years. He founded the London Screenwriters Workshop; this becameEurope’s largest screenwriters' organisation before evolving into the manyUK screenwriting organisations and courses now part of theUK cultural environment. InHong Kong he founded the Hong Kong Writers' Circle and chaired the group for twenty years, publishing many collections of stories from a wide variety ofHong Kong writers. Gray has taught screenwriting in various cities around the world, and was one of the first to professionalize the industry. He has written, produced and directed a number of films in both English and Cantonese, and has worked on numerous screenplays for various film projects fromIndia toChina toHollywood. He has won the PAWS award for drama and the Hong Kong Film Finance Forum's award for bestHong Kong film project of the year. He is currently directing a feature film.
The story, “The One Legged Rickshaw Boy” illustrates Gray's view of the absurdities of the film and TV world. Lawrence Gray’s short stories and texts were written as the antidote to his screenwriting, and in ODDS AND SODS he allows himself to have fun with words alone. Characters in this world change their lives as if they are changing their clothes. They view reality as a shifting negotiation between moments of insanity. And when they want to fly like a great crane across the face of the moon, they take flight without reference to budgets. Gray buries the conventions of one form of writing within those of another. French farce clashes with Chinese opera. Science fiction translates into Chinese fairy tales. Sitcom meets Shakespeare. The lyrics of Blues songs create narratives for the lives of those attempting to recreate them musically. Literary greats turn up as bit part players. Samuel Taylor Coleridge mingles with Punjabi Rap artists. Tang Xianzu of the Ming Dynasty bumps into George Feydeau. Antonin Artaud has a walk on part, and if one wants to look, one can find Julian of Norwich, medieval mystic, stealing pencils in the dark. And he makesHong Kong’s chequered history cool!
A thriller, set in Hong Kong in the 1970s.
Pearl Green and Karen (Kaz) Henderson are two successful Hong Kong women, whose old friendship brings them back together after many years to set up an archaeological project for Pearl's philanthropic organisation, the Hong Kong-based June Bowen Foundation. Karen, an archaeologist acclaimed for her work in Southeast Asia, is injured during a robbery at the Hong Kong Archaeological Museum. One of a number of stolen objects is associated with Pearl Green's past. The Museum Director, Albert Ho, is professionally jealous of Karen and convinces himself that she stole the artefact for Pearl. He hires a shady new arrival to Hong Kong – BJ Cresswell – to get it back. The lives of Pearl and her friends come under threat. Pearl seeks help from three men: her father, the powerful Sir James Gates; the mysterious Hong Kong businessman, Yip Yee Koon and the former British China Watcher, Peter Benson. Together, they masterfully untangle the many threads of murder and intrigue that run through this story.
The settings of the stories in The Snow Bridge and Other Stories are drawn from a life spent in many countries. Several focus intently on a particular relationship: that between a husband and wife, mother and daughter, brothers, friends, partners, climbing-buddies, employer and employee; the relationship with an inner self; putative relationships that never quite begin, and relationships with a location, or the inhabitants of a small town. Other stories explore the long-term expatriate’s dilemma of engaging with a place not his or her own at the price of diminishing intimacy with the country of his or her birth.
Described in Philip Chatting’s, ‘Author’s Introduction’, as, “entertainment”, the impact of the collection may prompt readers to reflect on the nature of their own relationships and the place we each occupy in our own worlds.
UNIVERSITY DAYS is one of a series of young adult novellas, set in London. Twins, Olivia and Melanie, are now aged eighteen. Studious Olivia and her boyfriend Bevin are studying at Imperial College; rebellious Melanie at the Royal Academy of Music. Each responds differently to a new environment, new friends and new studies. Their home lives also are full of changes. The twins’ father, a previously unsuccessful writer, has three books accepted by a major UK publisher and marries again. The girls' mother also marries for a second time. The many dramatic moments include Melanie’s announcement that she is pregnant and the birth of her daughter, Zoe.
The first volume in this series, Instant Messages, was Joint-Winner of the inaugural Proverse Prize. University Days won a prize in the 2010 Proverse Prize competition.
In TIGER AUTUMN, the reader meets again several of the characters from Red Bird Summer, witnesses further terrible events in Kowloon Walled City, and sees the Hei Ling Chau Island leper colony become both a haven from pursuit and a place to repent past crime. In October 1964, as Pearl Green approaches her twentieth birthday in a Hong Kong where the sixties are rocking, China is about to enter the global arms race by detonating the country’s first nuclear device. The air is thick with intrigue and the anticipation of trouble, which breaks out when leading nuclear scientist, Dr Lin Dei – ordered to destroy his research results and return to Beijing – murders his supervisor and flees, taking his valuable research papers with him. Like Red Bird Summer, Tiger Autumn focuses on Pearson’s beloved Hong Kong. Each book won a Publication Prize in the competition for the international Proverse Prize: Red Bird Summer in the 2012 competition, and Tiger Autumn in the 2011 competition.
THE INTERNATIONAL PROVERSE PRIZE for unpublished non-fiction, fiction or poetry.
Entered fiction has frequently been succesful:
2009: two works of fiction were joint-winners.
2010: a work of fiction and a semi-autobiographical novel were finalists. The latter became joint-winner.
2011: a legal thriller and a novel were joint-winners.
2012: a semi-autobiographical series of sketches was joint-winner.
2014: a short-story collection was joint-winner.
2015: a short-story collection was a winner
2016: two novels were winners
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