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UPDATE ON OUR RE-PUBLICATION of the Chinese Culture Series by William Dolby

- new volume now available at Amazon (print-on-demand or Kindle)


No.10 - Sir Old (Lao-tzu) the Chinese classic of Taoism (Published - May 2019)




Slowly but surely and as we manage to obtain the funds to do so, we are working hard towards (re-) publishing all thirty-three volumes of the 'Chinese Culture Series' and potentially, the mainstream publications also and will update this page as and when these are completed

It has been at least two years since an update was made to this site, and indeed since any meaningful edit or republication was made to Bill's works. This has been unfortunate: mostly due to my working in Hong Kong (day job) and a lack of funds to continue our mission to republish my father's entire output.

However, my wife and I are pleased to inform that we are continuing our good work, although at a slower pace. Among Bill's files I recently found a work titled "Prehistory of China" which makes for interesting reading and we are working on a couple of the Culture Series volumes to get them into print / kindle. Also, having now located the revised edition of "A History of Chinese Drama" 1997, we will look to producing this as a Kindle version as soon as possible.

All republished works are now available on Amazon - through their 'print-on-demand' service or on Kindle.

A list of currently available republished titles on Amazon are: 

No.4 - Chinese Short Stories - Spanning 2000 Years

No.7 - Ma Chih-yüan's Complete San-ch’ü-aria Poems

No.18 - Chinese Folk Tales

No.27 - Chinese Myths

No.28 - Chinese Allusions - A Dictionary

No.29 - Lasting-life Palace-hall (Hong Sheng) (parts 1 and 2)

No.32 - Chinese Idioms, Proverbs and Sayings - Over 2000 Explanations

Also, the other titles of the culture series are mostly available on Amazon or please do contact us here to see if we have any remaining copies in stock.

Ieuan Dolby


We are now well into the New Year of 2017 and heading directly towards another, the Year of the Rooster or often translated/known as the year of the Red Chicken or Red Fire Chicken. The 10th sign, the Rooster, is connected to metal and the shine of gold suggesting that riches may be born from patience - however, the sign also suggests predictability and a period of being constant, which, after the tumultuous year of 2016, may perhaps be welcomed by many.

Famous persona known to have been born in a past Year of the Rooster are Emperor Wu of China’s Western Han Dynasty (202 BC - 9 AD), Rudyard Kipling, Jennifer Aniston, Amelia Earhart and Groucho Marx - to name but a few but all Roosters are said to be "deep thinkers, capable, and talented. 

A decision had been made last year, due to a lack of external response/interest shown, to stop producing PDF copies of Bill's work but instead to concentrate fully on the print-on-demand publications and on a Kindle edition. This simplifies things for us at the sharp end; less website matters to occupy our time with Amazon doing all the hard work of printing, sending, costs, etc.

With that in mind: 2016 was a spectacular year for Bill's work (not sure that any Zodiac sign, Western or Asian, predicted this) and particularly during the months of November and December we achieved great output on the publication front. We now have seven publications up and running on Amazon worldwide as follows:

No.4 - Chinese Short Stories - Spanning 2000 Years - Kindle and Print

No.7 - Ma Chih-yüan's Complete San-ch’ü-aria Poems - Kindle and Print

No.18 - Chinese Folk Tales - Kindle and Print

No.27 - Chinese Myths - Kindle and Print

No.28 - Chinese Allusions - A Dictionary - Print Only

No.29 - Lasting-life Palace-hall (Hong Sheng) (parts 1 and 2) - Print Only

No.32 - Chinese Idioms, Proverbs and Sayings - Over 2000 Explanations - Kindle and Print

However, despite our deepest efforts and results the sales of these works do not justify the near-full time effort that has gone into the end-result. My wife and I are therefore not sure how we can continue - the work being an immense project that has not garnered any real or meaningful external interest.

Ideally we need a benefactor, an Institution, a culturally biased publisher or private literary group to take interest in my father's work but without such we do not have the funds (and therefore time) to continue at our our previous pace or indeed at all. It is therefore extremely doubtful that the Year of the Rooster will produce much. We will however continue to maintain the website and our current publications as they are: and hope that something pops our of the woodwork soon.

All the best for 2017 and for the Year of the Rooster ahead.

Ieuan Dolby and Wu Chin Ling