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Hong Kong 97: Memoirs of a Rogue Salesman
Hong Kong 97: Memoirs of a Rogue Salesman
Price: £3.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly right, 8 Sept. 2015
Brilliant fun thriller that gets Hong Kong and the corporate world exactly right. Dialogue is cracking. Pacing is excellent and characters are nicely balanced between Dickensian caricature and the real people that some of us who have lived in Hong Kong will instantly recognise. Waldron should write another one.


Hong Kong Policeman: Law, Life and Death on the Streets of Hong Kong: An English Police Inspector Tells It as It Was
Hong Kong Policeman: Law, Life and Death on the Streets of Hong Kong: An English Police Inspector Tells It as It Was
Price: £7.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you right back, 8 Aug. 2015
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A great read that will bring tears of nostalgia to your eyes if you were ever a Hong Kong copper. Chris tells it as it was. Close your eyes and you can feel the weight again of your Colt Police Positive on your Sam Brown belt and smell the 'chau dau foo' from the street stalls.


Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week
Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week
Price: £12.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 x 15 mins a week - why exercise more?, 11 Jan. 2014
Doug - you are the man!

I picked up your book about two years ago, didn't really believe it but tried it and it damn well works! I am in and out of the gym like a flash while everyone else is still half-way through their treadmill session. The intensity is vital and the rest period between work-outs are important.

If you ever pass through Hong Kong, let me know and I'll have to take you for a slap-up meal at the Hong Kong Club. You deserve it for writing this book and helping all the old businessmen (and women) I know spend less time in the gym, while getting better results.


Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the China Production Game
Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the China Production Game
Price: £8.54

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To be handed out at Shanghai airport as foreigners get off the plane, 11 Jan. 2014
I used to keep a stack of Paul's books in my office and hand them out like candies to bright-eyed innocents who had just landed in China and were hoping to make a fortune from sourcing products that were cheap as chips and could be sold for great profit.

In the old days (I arrived in Hong Kong in the early eighties) it was certainly easy to make money trading and sourcing but those times are over and the average Chinese manufacturer these days will eat most foreign buyers alive (then burp a few times).

Just last week we had a fellow in the office in tears who had bought 20 containers of used cooking oil to be re-cycled only to find that he'd been sold sea water and the company took all his money and vanished.

Having retired back to Old Blighty now, all I can advise is: read Paul's book and if you want quality then buy products made in the UK (like Churchs' shoes, Hiut jeans and Ercol furniture) or Germany and pay more money for them, but they will last longer.


One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In (A Fireside book)
One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In (A Fireside book)
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic and the advice bears the test of time, 11 Jan. 2014
I met Peter Lynch about twenty years ago when he was visiting Singapore. I read his book, applied his excellent advice and it's worked well for me. This is a fun, engaging read because Peter reminds us that business, companies and investing is still about real people and real products and not the quants and computer models that have gone in and out of fashion.


Investing Demystified: How to Invest Without Speculation and Sleepless Nights (Financial Times Series)
Investing Demystified: How to Invest Without Speculation and Sleepless Nights (Financial Times Series)
Price: £17.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on, 11 Jan. 2014
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Excellent book. As a long term investor (30 years and still going) I have been through about 6 economic crises, and the fact is that boom and bust is what capitalism is all about (although our fellow Marc Faber likes to tell us it's always doom, gloom, bust and no boom).

A friend of mine, as part of his Doctoral thesis, analysed the results of 10,000 investors of a major German bank and found that regular investors who try to time the market when buying and selling, invariably have lower returns than investors who sit on a conservative and correctly balanced portfolio and who rely on time and the power of compound interest to increase their wealth.

As Lars points out, if you had a 100,000 USD and were averaging an annual return of 5%, you would have doubled your money after 15 years. Over the last 100 years the major stock markets have all averaged returns of nearly 10%. Of course you have to sit tight and have the courage to ride through the crashes without selling parts of your portfolio.

Also read A Random Walk Down Walk Street and the Millionaire Teacher, if you'd like to learn more.


True Colours (The 10th Spider Shepherd Thriller)
True Colours (The 10th Spider Shepherd Thriller)
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real successor to the classical Jack HIggins thriller, 23 Oct. 2013
Stephen - great book again. Nice clean writing with good background research. Keep it up. You and Lee Child are keeping up the old thriller traditions that we grew up with.


Bangkok Bob and The Missing Mormon
Bangkok Bob and The Missing Mormon
Price: £3.00

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading if you are visiting Thailand, 23 Jan. 2011
As a long term resident of Asia I am always pleased to see when Stephen brings out a book that is set out here. I know his London publishers aren't interested in this setting but apparently China and this part of the world is where it's all happening these days. Wake up people back in England!

Stephen knows his material and what is enjoyable about this book is that he takes us around all the usual haunts, gives us the flavour of living in Bangkok and introduces us to various characters most of whom are real people of course. I think I figured out mostly who was who. I didn't know you knew my mate Tim the Real Estate guy?

Nice genre writing Stephen and give us a few more of these, because life is too complicated to spend it reading Proust.

Readers that liked this may also want to try books by Valerie Goldsilk that are mostly set in Hong Kong.


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