by Isabella Bird The Golden Chersonese is a travel book written by Isabella Bird, the greatest travel writer of the 19th century, and maybe of all time. It recounts her travels in 1883 through southern China and into the interior of the Malay Peninsula- which in the age of Ancient Greece and Rome was known
by Andrew Shaw Jade is often thought of as something ancient and gathering dust in museums, but in China it is a vibrant part of modern life. More jade has been carved this century already than in the rest of human history combined. For Chinese people, jade represents everything that is pure and noble, and
by Clare Kane Peking, 1900. Amidst the violence and terror of the anti-foreign Boxer Rebellion, a young China-born Englishwoman finds herself under siege alongside the city’s overseas population. Independent-minded and unaccustomed to European ways, Nina Ward embarks on an affair with married diplomat Oscar Fairchild, risking her future as death and despair draw ever closer.
by Harry Miller As China’s once-glorious Ming dynasty tears itself apart, a young man and woman struggle to stay together. Set before the backdrop of one of the great upheavals in Chinese history, Southern Rain is the story of a carpenter’s son who falls for a brilliant Buddhist nun just as she is set to
by Graeme Sheppard The brutal murder of 19-year-old Pamela Werner in the city of Peking one night in January 1937 shocked the world, but the police never found or named the murderer. A best-selling book, Midnight in Peking, declared the murderer to be an American dentist, but English policeman Graeme Sheppard, 30 years with the