A Night in with Kit Fan
Dialogue Book Lounge and Fane Online present A Night In with Kit Fan, to mark the publication of Diamond Hill
Join poet and author Kit Fan for a wide-reaching conversation about religion, colonialism, and displacement to celebrate the publication of his hard-hitting and exhilarating debut novel. Set in the last shanty town of Hong Kong before the fraught 1997 handover from Britain to China, Diamond Hill follows the return of a recovering heroin addict, Buddha, as he tries to salvage what's left from a place he hoped to forget.
Diamond Hill was once the 'Hollywood of the Orient', but is now an eyesore in the middle of a glitzy financial hub. Buddhist nuns, drug gangs, property developers, the government and foreign powers are all vying for power, each wanting to stake their claim on the land.
Buddha finds himself crossing swords with the Iron Nun, fighting for her nunnery; a disturbed novice, Quartz, who is fleeing her past; a faded film actress called Audrey Hepburn; and Boss, a teenage gang leader with a big mouth and even bigger plans, plotting to escape what she calls 'the death of Hong Kong'.
Spend an evening with Kit, as he explores the price of forgetting and how the present is ultimately always entangled in the past. This is a story of loss and of being lost - a requiem for a disappearing city.
'A vivid, powerful portrait of a vanishing world' David Nicholls