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Publications, blogs and reviews

Dearest Martha: The Life and Letters of Eliza Hillier – Hong Kong, Shanghai, England, Siam (Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press), publication date 14th July 2021

Book Depository/Amazon UK/Waterstones

Ian Ruxton (ed.), with an Introduction by Andrew Hillier, The Correspondence of Sir Ernest Satow, British Envoy in China (1900-1906), vol.1 and vols. 2-4 (Independent through Amazon, 2021) 

Mediating Empire: An English Family in China. 1817-1927 (Folkestone: Renaissance Books, 2020),

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What the critics have said:

Mediating Empire is a superb exploration into successive generations of the British imperial world in China. Hillier demonstrates how family could be much more than the sum of its parts, providing personnel for the British presence, establishing community life, and building networks of trust that ran across institutional and sometimes racial divides Mark Baker, Family and Community History, 23 (2020) 229-231


Using family papers which are carefully contextualised in expertly chosen and judged official sources and related studies, [Hillier] illuminates many characteristics of the relationship between Britain and China. The work covers aspects of cross-cultural social history, administrative relationships, key financial developments, leisure and much else.  He also reveals the extent to which the wives of the key male players were themselves strong and active figures in the circumstances in which they found themselves John Mackenzie, Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, Lancaster.  


Written in a light, yet engagingly informative style, the book is an examination of the relationship between family and empire …Hillier has gone beyond the significant achievements of the cast-members of his book, by incorporating an analysis of the extent to which family was ‘a key enabler of Britain’s imperial presence in China’ … at no stage does this … appear forced or contrived. The players’ interaction with and dependence on each other are clear to see. This is a book that was waiting to be written.

Robert Nield, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 60 (2020), pp. 261-3.

Bridging Cultures: The Forging of the China Consular Mind, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 47 (2019), pp. 742-772.

With Simon Landy ‘At Home in Siam: Being a Consular Wife’,  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch, For the full article, see  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 60 (2020), pp. 160-185.


Andrew Hillier and Christopher Munn, 'China’s Able Advocate: The Controversial Career of William Venn Drummond', Journal of Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 61 (2021) pp. 122-149


Blogs etc from elsewhere  ​

Clapham Connections: The Hanbury Brothers and the Wider British World,

A Japanese Amah

The Five Faces of Walter Medhurst D.D.

After the Siege

AMOT Regimental Museums Project: AMOT Annual Review, 2020-20121, p.54

A Miniature World’: Photographs and Memories of Internment in China


Family and Memory in Old Hong Kong


Music-making in the Customs Service


Interview: Barrister’s Best:'s-best-andrew-hillier-qc


Shanghailanders and the Quest for Home

The Kodak comes to Peking


With a Camera in Yunnan: the Ethnographic Expeditions of Frederic W. Carey


Dear Mother, Dear Father’: Legation Letters Home


The Banker’s Bullet-Ridden Buick


Weihaiwei and the 1st Chinese Regiment – 2. Peking and After


Imperial Boredom; Monotony and the British Empire


I have taken part in an HSBC film about Guy Hillier’s career


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