Eloquent essayist Peter Moss dies at 84

Local | 12 Feb 2019 5:48 pm

Peter Moss, the former assistant director of Hong Kong Government Information Service has died at the age of 84, in the Philippines.

Moss, who was born in India to an Anglo-Indian family, came to Hong Kong in 1965. He landed at Kai Tak Airport just before his 30th birthday on June 27, 1965.

His career in Hong Kong spanned four decades.

His father was British. But, he once noted that "Britain had failed to imprint herself on my psyche.''

As an eloquent essayist he authored several titles for publisher FormAsia. Among the titles he wrote was Hong Kong: Another City -- Another Age, The Years of Classic Elegance; Hong Kong: A Many Splendored City; Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong; Hong Kong: The Classic Age, and Chinnery in China.

Moss also edited titles such as Asian Furniture and wrote the introduction to Chinese Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century.

The Singing Tree published by Bloomsbury was his first novel.

Bye-Bye Blackbird, an account of his Anglo-Indian childhood, was an autobiography he authored. It was followed by Distant Archipelagos, an account of his years in Malaya.

In No Babylon: A Hong Kong Scrapbook, Moss recalls his favorite maxim from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. "On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our venture.''

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