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Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches

Author(s): Fitzroy MacLean

Location(s): Central Asia, China, North Africa, Russia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1930s/40s

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Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy...

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The Emperor Far Away

The Emperor Far Away

Author(s): David Eimer

Location(s): China

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Modern

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Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shanghai, China’s borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage ‘the mountains are high and...

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The Foremost Good Fortune

The Foremost Good Fortune

Author(s): Susan Conley

Location(s): Beijing (Peking)

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 2007

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American writer Susan Conley moves to Beijing with her husband and two young sons. A few months later she receives the diagnosis of breast cancer.The book is set against the fascinating backdrop of modern China,a nd offers up insight...

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The Ginger Tree

The Ginger Tree

Author(s): Oswald Wynd

Location(s): Beijing (Peking), Tokyo

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): First half of the 20th Century

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A young woman travels from Edinburgh to Peking in the early 20th century,and writes about her experiences in diary form. She is trapped in a loveless marriage to a stiff and conventional man, and then falls in love with...

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Beautiful Country

Beautiful Country

Author(s): J R Thornton

Location(s): Beijing (Peking)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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A coming-of-age story set in modern day China centering on the friendship between an American and a Chinese boy who meet while training with Beijing’s Junior National Tennis Team. Chase Robertson arrives in Beijing as a fourteen-year-old boy still...

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Death of a Red Heroine

Death of a Red Heroine

Author(s): Qiu Xiaolong

Location(s): Shanghai

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Communist China is a compelling setting, political intrigues, and Party dynamics, China of the 1990s – and its food, culture and people. Inspector Chen and Detective Yu are likable and rounded characters, who persue their cases their cramped living...

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Dreams of Joy

Dreams of Joy

Author(s): Lisa See

Location(s): China, Shanghai

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1950s

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Nineteen-year-old Joy Louie has run away from her home in 1950s America to start a new life in China. Idealistic and unafraid, she believes that Chairman Mao is on the side of the people, despite what her family keeps...

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Forgotten

Forgotten

Author(s): Heleyne Hammersley

Location(s): Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

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What if you woke up in a strange place and didn’t know who you were? A woman reins consciousness in a Thai hospital unaware of how she got there or who she is. The doctor names her Kai, the...

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Half the World Away

Half the World Away

Author(s): Cath Staincliffe

Location(s): Chengdu

Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense

Era(s): Modern

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Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and visits China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler,...

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Harbour Views

Harbour Views

Author(s): Philip Chatting

Location(s): Hong Kong

Genre(s): Fiction, Humour

Era(s): Modern

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Norwegian expatriate Jakob Odergaard rules his successful furniture corporation with a ruthlessness and egotism that draws comment even in the merciless cut and thrust of the Hong Kong business world. His baleful influence warps the lives of all around...

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