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 . . .
'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
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1