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The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure

The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure

A group of foreigners in the northeastern town of Shishan finds the status quo upset when Helen Frances, a young woman with a middle class upbringing but a fatal flaw, arrives and falls in love with the Hon Henry Manners. The most astonishing range of characters awaits you in this novel; the wicked brothel-keeper Madam Liu and her sadistic son Ren Ren, the pragmatic, rational missionary Dr Airton, the American zealot Septimus Harding, the equivocal Mandarin. Not to mention the wonderfully complicated anti-hero Henry Manners, the prostitutes Fan Yimei and Shen Ping, the bandit Iron Man Wang, the Mongolian shaman. And the ingenue, Helen Frances herself, whose innocence covers an unorthodox curiosity.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 12th April 2004

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781848947771

Reviews

If you like derring-do, murderous characters, interesting sexual practices and intrigue, this is for you . . . indulge in a heady, passionate drama.
<i>Sunday Express</i>
Absolutely wonderful
Penny Vincenzi
Storytelling of the epic kind - this 700 page tale about sinners and lovers in 1900s China will have you gripped
<i>Heat</i>
An epic historical and romantic story as well as an impressive first novel.
<i>Sunday Mirror</i>