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Red Lotus

Pai Kit Fai

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Fiction, Historical fiction

A wonderfully evocative epic novel in the bestselling tradition of Memoirs of a Geisha. Beautifully written and exquisitely told, Red Lotus is a captivating tale of forbidden love, passion and courage.

Yip Mann, an elderly spice farmer, should have known better than to purchase a fifteen-year-old cherry-girl as his concubine, especially one beautiful enough to be seen as Ch ien Gum - comparable to a thousand pieces of gold. But surely he deserves such a plaything to give him the last of his sons.

To Yip Mann s dismay, the wilful concubine dies bearing him a worthless girl-child. After her death he must make use of the girl as best he can: by binding her feet in the forbidden practice of the Golden Lotus, he can sell her for a higher price. But the daughter he names Li-Xia - Beautiful One - has the fighting spirit of her rebellious mother, escaping the crippling bandages: she knows her feet will be her freedom. And when they lead her into the path of a mysterious foreign devil , Li-Xia takes the first steps on a new and perilous journey . . .

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Praise for Red Lotus

  • 'An engaging and entertaining read' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • A sprawling family epic intent on capturing China s mystic flavour. Full of English heroes, Chinese villains and brave, virtuous women METRO

  • 'An atmospheric novel' BELLA

  • 'The book is at turns harrowing and entertaining, the characters are strongly cast and the sights, smells, colours and noises of rural China spring to life' Courier Mail, Australia

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