A magnificent epic novel on modern China. The book is worth reading solely as a factual reminder of the chaos and calamity of China as a quarter of the world's people struggled and suffered towards modernity in the stormy and cruel decades between 1920 and 1980 - The Toronto Star Canada. --The Toronto Star Canada
Anthony Grey's gripping fiction, based on meticulously attributed sources, is part epic, part blockbuster - A sometimes melodramatic but nevertheless moving chronicle - Profoundly sincere theme - The Times. --The Times
The English writer has hit upon a winning formula for historical novels that rest on solid research and are painstakingly balanced - Japan Times. 'Grey's message spoken to a dying Mao Tse-tung is that the Chinese revolution triumphed due to the indomitable spiritual strength of its people.' Philadeplhia Enquirer. --Philadeplhia Enquirer
About the Author
Before achieving international bestseller status with SAIGON and PEKING, Anthony Grey was a foreign correspondent with Reuters, having begun his career in journalism in the UK with the Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk where he was born and educated. He covered the Cold War from datelines all across Eastern Europe before being assigned to China. He was the only British journalist resident in the Chinese capital at the height of the Cultural Revolution - and became the focus of worldwide headlines when he was seized as a hostage by Mao Tse-tungs's Red Guards and held in solitary for two years. After publishing his first international bestselling book HOSTAGE IN PEKING, a non-fiction account of his ordeal, he established himself as a radio and television presenter, bestselling novelist, independent publisher and frequent public speaker.