As a group of avid readers in the LRP team we are very happy to have recently expanded our book offering online and in the showroom. We knew you would be interested in finding out more about some of the wonderful authors and illustrators who have created the ones we've selected. All books have a Hong Kong theme whether it be written or illustrated by someone who lives here or is about the city, the stories and the history of the place so many of us call home.
We have created a series of Ask The Author blog posts where we ask the same three questions (with an added bonus one at the end!) to find out more about their connection to the city, what their book is all about, what inspires them and their favourite things to see and do in the 852.
I'm Ellen Ng, the writer of Hong Kong from A to Z. I grew up in Hong Kong but at aged 9 moved to Australia with my family. Returning to Hong Kong for 18 years now, I see Hong Kong as my home and this book reconnects me to the unique places and cultures of Hong Kong, rediscovering what I experienced as a kid and sharing it with children here and outside of Hong Kong.‘Hong Kong From A to Z' is a fun, entertaining children storybook that follows a little girl, named Ayma, and a lost frog, Romer to find its home. In this fun adventure, they discover the places of Hong Kong and experience the city's rich culture, and fall in love from A to Z!
My daughter Emma was born in Hong Kong, and when she was a few months old, my husband and I started taking her to many places, to discover new things. I loved her curiosity and her sense of wonder, at pretty much everything, and I really wanted to capture those emotions. My friend and illustrator of the book, Assia, and I were chatting about how we could work together, and the idea for this book came up, I knew I had found the perfect way!
Favourite thing to do or see in Hong Kong
In the past three years of COVID, we had more opportunities to explore the beautiful nature of Hong Kong with my family. We liked to hike at different trails (mostly family-friendly trails but a few more challenging ones like Ma On Shan Country Park hiking trail that we recently did), and now my kids are
older, we can commute longer and challenge ourselves more. We also love eating dim sum, and that's always our weekend activity too!
Of all the letters of the alphabet in your A to Z book which one is your favourite in terms of the place or item it represents from Hong Kong?
Egg Tart is my favourite – although it is not a place, I think it truly represents Hong Kong. The shape and smell of the fresh egg tart bring back many of my childhood memories.