A bookshop has withdrawn an invitation to former Governor Chris Patten because of his book's 'strong criticism' of Beijing. Cosmos Books in Johnston Road, Wan Chai, said it had cancelled a signing session for East and West, scheduled for October 29. Management said 'political considerations' would force it to pull out of Mr Patten's Hong Kong promotion tour, which starts the day before. In the book, Mr Patten refers to Mao Zedong as an 'angel of death', comparing him to Hitler and Pol Pot for his role in state-engineered famines and mass executions during the Cultural Revolution. He also writes that a 'brutal' China 'bullies its way around the region', accusing Western governments who deal with its leaders of 'coddling dictators'. After initially telling the South China Morning Post the session was cancelled because the store's entrance was 'too narrow' for a large crowd, senior manager Larry Wong Kan-shue admitted Mr Patten's 'strong criticism of China is a problem'. 'This is another consideration because our boss, Chan Chung-ling, has a good relationship with China and we publish lots of titles about Chinese figures such as Jiang Zemin,' Mr Wong said. 'We definitely have concerns - there are lots of factors, including the content.' Mr Chan was in China and could not be contacted. Mr Wong said there would be 'no problems' selling the book, and 200 copies had been ordered. It will be released on September 7. Other bookshops planning on hosting Mr Patten include Swindon Books, Kelly and Walsh Books, Cathedral Books, Page One and Times Bookstore. Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said she hoped other shops would not follow Cosmos' example. 'People in publishing should respect free speech and expression. What do they expect? This is Chris Patten, for God's sake,' she said. A spokesman for Mr Patten said he was saddened by the decision, but not surprised.