About the book
In the southern Province of Guangxi, amidst the turmoil of the Taiping Rebellion and the Opium War, a woman is kidnapped and her husband shipped out to Singapore as indentured labour. This is a moving story of the scourge of opium and one man’s plight and rise in fortune in British Malaya.
New Beginnings won the Popular Readers’ Choice Award in 2014.
A strong story line … (this book) takes us from the turbulence of a China unmercifully exploited with opium by the western powers in Victorian times, to the race and clan rivalries of an emerging Singapore and Malaya … The refinement and the thuggery of China alike, the bustle of Singapore and the tropical potential of Malaya in those days are all made to feel familiar rather than foreign, the high emotions to be shared rather than differentiate us. The characters are entirely believable, the degree of background ‘colour’ is perfectly judged, and the pace seductive.
Editor of The Corporal and the Celestials
The full review of the book is now available in BAFUNCS Newsletter, March 2014, issue 65
To buy the book
(ISBN 978 981 4408 61 5)
Available from Amazon and all good bookstores.