29 June 2010
Frederick Forsyth: Modern Spies Influenced by Ancient China
Best-Selling Author Visiting Hong Kong for Book Fair
29 June 2010 – International espionage continues to take cues from ancient practices developed in China, according to bestselling novelist Frederick Forsyth, who will join other celebrated writers in Hong Kong for the 21st edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, 21-27 July.
Mr Forsyth was interviewed in London by entrepreneur and author Sir David Tang for a Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) webcast, now available at www.youtube.com/hktdc. Here, Mr Forsyth also discusses his approach to writing and highlights of his career.
“The Chinese were doing this – I mean doing undercover work – when we Europeans were running around in bearskins and warpaint,” said Mr Forsyth, who first found success with his best-selling book The Day of the Jackal. In the 17 June interview, Mr Forsyth noted that Sun Tzu – the 600BC author of The Art of War – continues to be quoted in college courses in the United Kingdom.
Mr Forsyth, who will join fellow authors Stephen Fry and Andrew Roberts at two forums moderated by Sir David, plans to discuss how research and inspiration are behind his tales, including his upcoming novel The Cobra. The book is due to be released next month.
The Hong Kong Book Fair, organised by the HKTDC, will feature some 200 cultural events under the theme “Reading the World, Writing the Future.” In addition to the forums, the Book Fair will feature other notable English-language authors, including British poet and literary critic James Fenton and children’s novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.
The city’s own literary talent will also shine, with appearances by New York-born, Hong Kong-raised novelist Andrew Xia Fukuda and novelist Xu Xi, a Chinese-Indonesian from Hong Kong and writer-in-residence at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of English. The latter four authors will each host a seminar at the fair, and several Book Fair authors will be featured in HKTDC webcasts in the coming weeks.
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A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com.