Blacksmith Books publisher Pete Spurrier. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong English books publisher on the secrets to a best-seller, shops closing, and dangers and rewards of the trade

Colourful human tales and non-fiction on local themes among the biggest sellers for Blacksmith Books’ Pete Spurrier, who doesn’t see audience for English-language books shrinking despite Page One and Dymocks shutting

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Blacksmith Books publisher Pete Spurrier. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.