Author Hannah Bent in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. She grew up in the city, and unexpectedly returned three years ago to live in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong
Author Hannah Bent in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. She grew up in the city, and unexpectedly returned three years ago to live in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong-born author on her autobiographical novel about two sisters living apart, one of whom has Down syndrome, that reads like a fairy tale

  • Hannah Bent has a sister with Down syndrome living far away from her, just as Marlowe does in her novel When Things are Alive They Hum
  • She makes the sisters Eurasian. Why? ‘A character being biracial explores the push and pull between different cultures,’ says this former ‘third-culture kid’

Topic |   Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Author Hannah Bent in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. She grew up in the city, and unexpectedly returned three years ago to live in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong
Author Hannah Bent in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. She grew up in the city, and unexpectedly returned three years ago to live in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong
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