Over the past decade, China has begun making its mark in the global economy and, increasingly, beyond the world of manufacturing the world’s consumer goods. As of April 2012, this now includes publishing as China is a major sponsor of this year’s London Book Fair, one of the world’s largest international publishing events. Among one of the participants in the fair this year is one of CPG’s sister companies, ACA Publishing Limited, which will be showcasing much of its work including its popular “Thirty Years in China”, in which Old China Hands, such as CPG President Michael De Clercq, relate the changes they have experienced over their time in China.
In addition, ACA will be announcing the arrival of over 20 translations of new, unpublished Chinese books, which will be launched at a special event in London, and then made available to the British reading public in the period 12 April – 2nd May at WH Smith book stores, as well as during the London Book Fair at Earl’s Court 16th --18th April.
The titles, which include a brand new six volume set covering the Beijing Olympic Games, as well as a series of children’s books on Chinese Pandas, have all been newly translated into English. There are also business books, a superb guide to the Great Wall using photos from 1871 and again this century, as well as more traditional books on Chinese culture, arts and cuisine (including a clear guide to cooking Chinese classic vegetarian dishes –a crispy bean curd to live for!).
Chinese aficionados will want to own a new version of the classic 18th century Dream of the Red Chamber (think: Marcel Proust rewrites the characters of Charles Dickens). This heavily color-illustrated and boxed version has over 400 pages, in traditional Chinese binding – a lovingly produced collector’s item.
The books will be on sale to the public in a number venues, including Harrods WH Smith Bookstore, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge (2nd floor), WH Smiths at Victoria Mainline Station, and also Heathrow Airport Terminals 3 and 5.