Diamond Hill

Exploring the price of independence

Hong Kong, 1997, just before the fraught handover from British to Chinese rule. Buddha, a recovering heroin addict, returns to Hong Kong’s last shanty town and tries to salvage what’s left of a place he hoped to forget. With the threat of colonial greed looming over it, Diamond Hill is being divided up, torn down, and replaced by gleaming towers and new money. While its denizens are too caught up in their own interests to care, Buddha must bear witness to a community being demolished before his eyes. Kit Fan’s brilliant and boisterous debut is a timely meditation on power, poverty, love, religion, memory, displacement, and nationhood, drawing comparisons with Kazuo Ishiguro and J. M. Coetzee.

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May, 2021




Kit Fan

Kit Fan was born in Hong Kong and moved to the UK at the age of twenty-one. In 2017 and 2018 he was shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME … Read more


Praise for Diamond Hill:

“I enjoyed Diamond Hill very much. It’s fantastically evocative of a time and place, full of vivid images but never at the expense of story. A hugely impressive first novel.”
DAVID NICHOLLS, bestselling author of One Day and Us

“An extraordinary book. I can’t remember reading something so terrifying, amazing, moving, and complicatedly fascinating. The characters brand themselves immediately and we know them completely and not at all. The interweaving of the political and the private is startling. It makes such a complete world and shows you how precarious complete worlds are.”
ADAM PHILLIPS, author of Attention Seeking and Becoming Freud

Diamond Hill is dramatic yet subtle, global yet local, historical yet contemporary, and in Kit Fan’s hand the world, its character, and the politics of Diamond Hill soar majestically.”