SUSANNA HOE has spent half
her life abroad: in Kenya, Switzerland, Italy, Papua New Guinea and Hong
Kong. This has encouraged her interest
in writing about women, mostly British, who
have lived in or travelled to
Travels in Tandem: The Writing of Women and Men Who
Travelled Together (April
2012) epitomises this interest. It is also published as a Kindle book and
e-book. There is also an update to chapter 1, entitled now 'Lucy and Thomas Atkinson: Complicated Lives in Russia and Beyond', which can be downloaded here under 'updates/inprogress'.
book, of fifteen, a
parliamentary novel (Lady in the Chamber, Collins ) was published in
Five years in Papua New Guinea resulted in At
Home in Paradise: A House and Garden in Papua New Guinea (HOLO Books,
This is available as a Kindle book and will soon be followed by More
at Home in Paradise: Domestic Dramas in Papua New Guinea.
Ten years in Hong Kong
and subsequently saw the publication of six books, mainly about
foreign women in the region. Typical are The Private Life of Old Hong Kong
(Oxford University Press, 1991) and Women at the
Siege, Peking 1900 (HOLO, Books 2000).
In Chinese Footprints: Exploring Women's
History in China, Hong Kong and Macau (Roundhouse, 1996), she shows
most clearly the links between the past and the present, how women
activists can pick up the baton handed them by their forebears.
This aspect of her writing is manifest in the story of her own time
in Hong Kong, published as Watching
the Flag Come Down: An Englishwoman in Hong Kong 1987-97 (HOLO Books,
2007) to mark the tenth anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to
China (updates on this website) soon to
be available as a Kindle book.
She is currently working on Sardinia: Women, History, Books and Places which will be the fifth book in the series 'Of Islands and Women' that includes Madeira (2004), Crete (2005), Tasmania (2010) and Malta (2015) (updates on this website). In this series she presumes to write about the women of those islands, as well as the foreign women who visited them or lived there.
She and her husband Derek Roebuck live in
Oxford. The book they wrote together The
Taking of Hong Kong: Charles and Clara Elliot in China Waters, published in
hardback by Curzon Press in 1999, was reissued in paperback by Hong Kong
University Press (2009). Their joint book Women in Disputes: A History of European Women in Mediation and Arbitration was published in May 2018.
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