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Austin Coates (1922-1997) was a British civil servant, writer and traveller. He was the son of noted English composer Eric Coates.

Austin Coates wrote extensively on topics related to the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Hong Kong and Macau. He was first connected to the East through his service for the Royal Air Force intelligence in India, Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia in the Second World War. After the war, he worked for the Hong Kong government as Assistant Colonial Secretary and Magistrate in the New Territories from 1949 to 1956. As a magistrate, he gained insight on the Chinese customs and character, and he applied Chinese laws to solve many of his cases.

After Hong Kong, he was the Chinese Affairs Officer in Sarawak from 1957 to 1959; First Secretary of the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur and Penang from 1959 to 1962. In 1962, he left the British civil service to concentrate on writing. In 1965, he settled in Hong Kong and continued travelling and writing extensively.

Coates was the guest of many prominent Asians, among them the Tagore family, the Indian painter Jamini Roy and Mahatma Gandhi. After his visit with Gandhi, he decided that understanding between East and West was one of the most important goals in the world.

His book City of Broken Promises was made into an extremely successful musical for the Hong Kong Art Festival in 1978. The show was also staged in San Diego in 1979, starring Teresa Carpio.

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Total Books: 32
Macao and the British 1637-1842 Prelude to Hong Kong
2009 - Macao and the British 1637-1842 Prelude to Hong Kong [Echoes: Classics of Hong Kong Culture and History] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789622090750
ISBN-10: 9622090753
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

City of Broken Promises
2009 - City of Broken Promises [Echoes: Classics of Hong Kong Culture and History] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9789622090767
ISBN-10: 9622090761

A Macao Narrative
2009 - A Macao Narrative [Echoes, Classics of Hong Kong Culture and History] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789622090774
ISBN-10: 962209077X

The Road
2009 - The Road [Echoes: Classics of Hong Kong Culture and History] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789622090781
ISBN-10: 9622090788

1991 - Numerology (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780821625064
ISBN-10: 0821625063
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Islands of the South
1990 - Islands of the South (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780435991104
ISBN-10: 0435991108

Quick Tidings of Hongkong
1990 - Quick Tidings of Hongkong (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195840247
ISBN-10: 0195840240
Genre: History

Macao and the British 1637-1842
1988 - Macao and the British 1637-1842 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195827828
ISBN-10: 0195827821
Genre: History

The Commerce in Rubber The First 250 Years
1988 - The Commerce in Rubber the First 250 Years (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195888683
ISBN-10: 0195888685

Myself a Mandarin
1988 - Myself a Mandarin [Oxford in Asia Paperbacks] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195841992
ISBN-10: 0195841999

1987 - Road (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195841701
ISBN-10: 0195841700

China Races
1984 - China Races (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780195815412
ISBN-10: 0195815416
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors

1975 - Numerologia (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788834004487
ISBN-10: 8834004485
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting

Macao Narrative
Macao Narrative (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780686653219
ISBN-10: 0686653211

Prelude to Hong Kong
Prelude to Hong Kong (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780710061133
ISBN-10: 0710061137

Numerologa (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788427003279
ISBN-10: 8427003277
Genre: Religion & Spirituality