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Crimson China

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 Feb. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0857355074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857355072
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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Crimson China... is fast becoming Tobin's break out novel --Evening Standard

Crimson deftly conveyed, at a rattling pace that keeps the pages turning. The author's evident sympathy for her characters and their dilemmas, together with some sharply observed detail, gives warmth and depth to this entertaining tale of crossed cultures. --The Times

This satisfying novel imagines the life of Wen, a survivor from the tragic drowning of 23 Chinese cockle-pickers in Morecambe Bay in 2004, who is saved by Angie... Through their eyes we see a Britain inhospitable to foreigners, a promised land both plentiful and heartless, and a corrupt hidden economy. --The Sunday Times

A dark dramatic story told with admirable realism and restraint. Unforgettable;--Sue Gee

Tobin knows how to spin a tale and keep the pages turning. She captures the sense of alienation felt by her characters, and the quiet desperation of an invisible underclass...Crimson China is a sensitive and successful evocation of loneliness and displacement: a study of profound loss ultimately redeemed by the mundane reality of a bungalow in Morecambe.--Independent

This fine novel grows in pace and power, propelled not only by its social conscience but also a vividly drawn cast and a gradually building sense of jeopardy as the snakeheads close in.--Daily Mail

Tobin coaxes these damaged lives into alignment, cutting between points of view with great skill and sensitivity. At times unbearably tense, Crimson China has lots to say about the trade-off between need and exploitation, and the way love can erode cultural difference--Guardian

Tobin seamlessly incorporates documentary material into the story. This gripping study of loss and redemption is also an authentic portrait of an invisible underclass.;--Financial Times

Tobin ingeniously manages to portray events with a tragic realism that doesn't call for theatrics. Instead there is a deep-rooted emotion here that doesn't require fireworks, rather it is an aching throb that seeps through...A captivating novel. --Book Caterpiller --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Betsy Tobin was born in the American Midwest and moved to England in 1989. She is the author of three other novels, Bone House, The Bounce and Ice Land. She lives in Islington, London with her husband and four children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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