The first Chinese QC of the colonial Hong Kong, Mr. Patrick Yu
unfolds his story in his first book, A Seventh Child and the
Law: his early life, his "blood and iron" days in the KMT Army,
and of course, his extraordinary academic achievements. In his
second book, Tales from No. 9 Ice House Street, the story
goes on with Mr. Yu returned to Hong Kong from the then Malaya
and became an emminent barrister, as well as an Assistant Super-
intendent of the RHKP reserves.
Stories are told in a lively and intriguing manner, which even a
layman will find them interesting. Mr. Yu depicts some twenty
cases in the second part of the books. The cases are well narrated
with an irresistable flavour. The classic cases of R v Augustine
Chung and R v Charles Tashjian are two extraordinary cases
that no readers can afford to skip.
In his 80s, Mr. Yu proves himself as one able raconteur ! The two
books draw an elegant portrait of the legal system of the colonial
H.K. in a remarkable perspective, hence highly recommended for
those who are interested in Hong Kong, or in Law.