Adam Williams and Paul French at the Suzhou Bookworm
Literary debate recorded on 5 March, 2008.
An evening of writerly fisticuffs as two China-based writers discuss various writing styles and how to create ‘a sense of place’, a true geographical setting. In the blue corner, Londoner, history writer and champion of the working class, Paul French. In the red corner, head of Hong Kong’s original colonial trading house, the refined yet dogged historical fiction writer Adam Williams. They compare the pros and cons of Adam’s way – historical fiction, and Paul’s way – the non-fiction approach in a literary showdown between two proper old China hands.
Two lively characters + one big literary theme = unmissable!