Timothy Mo’s sweeping historical novel is set on the China coast in the 1830s, before and during the 19th-century Opium Wars.

In 1833, Walter Eastman and Gideon Chase, young Americans working in the ‘Factories’ - the home of the East India Company on the south China coast - are at loggerheads with the European community which thrives on the opium trade. When Eastman is fired, he and Chase establish an irreverent weekly paper, which shows a flamboyance and crusading zeal. When the first Opium War breaks out their lives grow increasingly dangerous.

The Booker Prize 1986
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Chatto & Windus
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Timothy Mo

Timothy Mo

About the Author

Timothy Peter Mo was born in Hong Kong. Three of his novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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Other nominated books by Timothy Mo

The Redundancy of Courage
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