The widening of Tolo highway: a Hong Kong story of protest and paranoia

Lucy Hamilton

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review


It wasn’t the middle but the very edge of nowhere. It was always just a little too still. It is 2017. Typhoon Hato has ripped through the streets of Hong Kong. National Day is looming. The momentum of the 2014 Umbrella Revolution has faded. British woman, Anna, has returned to her old village in the New Territories to search for Kallum, a disillusioned local activist, from whom she has heard nothing since her departure two years ago.
Suspecting he was targeted for his involvement in the protests, Anna widens her search, scouring the streets of Kowloon and the Island for signs he is alive. Alone in her tiny, rented room in the notorious Chungking Mansions, gruesome flashbacks disturb her sleep. Paranoia swells. Memory, delusion, and reality begin to blur.
Against a backdrop of construction works, storm damage and scaffolding, Anna is confronted by a daunting panorama. She may know more about the past than she’s let herself believe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPenguin Random House SEA
ISBN (Print)9789814954136
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Jan 2022


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