- Author Bio
The internationally bestselling author of Paris and New York portrays the great clash of East and West with his trademark epic style in China: The Novel.
Edward Rutherfurd has enthralled millions of readers with his grand, sweeping historical sagas that tell the history of a famous place over multiple generations. Now, in China: The Novel, Rutherfurd takes readers into the rich and fascinating milieu of the Middle Kingdom, dramatizing the epoch when the colonial greed of Western powers shattered the stability of the two-thousand-year-old empire, and the Chinese learned to fight back in ways that echo down to this day.
The story begins in 1839, at the dawn of the first Opium War. An English merchant arrives in the restricted port of Canton (Guangzhou), seeking to make his fortune trading opium. But the tide of addiction is decimating the Chinese population—a young scholar accompanies his Mandarin master on a mission from the emperor to shut down the trade. Thus begins an epic tale chronicling China’s conflict to regain its ancient land and culture from the domination of the Western powers, from the Opium Wars through the Taiping revolt, the British burning of the Summer Palace, the Boxer Rebellion, and the long rule of the Dragon Empress, culminating in the revolution of 1911, when modern China began to form.
We meet a young village wife struggling with the rigid traditions of her people, Manchu empresses and warriors, the powerful eunuchs of the Forbidden City, rapacious English soldiers and earnest missionaries, savvy Chinese pirates and sage philosophers, artists, concubines, scoundrels, and heroes.
Rutherfurd chronicles the rising and falling fortunes of members of Chinese, British, and American families, as they negotiate the tides of history. Along the way, in his signature style, Rutherfurd provides a deeply researched portrait of Chinese history and society, its ancient traditions and great upheavals, and China’s emergence as a rising global power. We are treated to romance and adventure, battles and intrigues, grinding struggle and incredible fortune.
China: The Novel brings to life the rich ter-rain of this vast and constantly evolving country. From Hong Kong to Beijing to the Great Wall, from the mighty Yellow River to the ancient capital of Nanjing, from the West Lake beloved of poets to the mysterious caves of Guilin, Rutherfurd chronicles the turbulent rise and fall of empires as the colonial West meets the opulent and complex East in a dramatic struggle between cultures and peoples.
In this extraordinarily researched and majestically told novel, Edward Rutherfurd paints a thrilling portrait of one of the most singular and remarkable countries in the world.
MILLIONS OF COPIES SOLD: Rutherfurd is an international bestseller, whose books are consistently New York Times bestsellers and continue to sell well on the backlist. He’s a celebrated master of the historical form.
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER. IN FACT NOBODY ELSE DOES IT: Because it takes years of research to construct these intricate family sagas, as well as a gift for dramatic plotlines, only Rutherfurd delivers this kind of sweeping, brilliantly-rendered historical novel.
SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA: Most North Americans are familiar with a vague outline of Chinese history, and as a constantly evolving new super power China is regularly in the media limelight. Edward’s loyal fans will come to this book no matter what, but so will those curious about China’s intricate history who have read nonfiction books like The Silk Roads, as well as those who are fans of novelists that regularly explore Chinese history like Amy Tan and Lisa See.
Author Website: edwardrutherfurd.com
Author Social Media: Twitter: @erutherfurd; Facebook: ERutherfurd
AN INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER
“Richly detailed and wholly immersive, Rutherfurd’s epic explores Asian history and provides wisdom.” —Toronto Star
“[An] epic, engaging story…. Rutherfurd packs his 700-plus pages with an intriguing mix of characters, all of whom offer perspectives on the march of history. Cunning opium smugglers, greedy British merchants, missionaries, peasants and the indefatigably manipulative Empress Dowager Cixi play their part in a tumultuous story that pits Western trading ambitions against Chinese tradition. It’s a bravura performance, fizzing with incident, excitement and energy.” —Daily Mail
“An entertaining, educational journey through China’s rich and complex history, geography, art, and diverse cultures during a tumultuous epoch.” —Booklist
“Bravo…. This is a big, complex, and utterly involving portrait of 19th-century China…. An epic portrait of China in the age of the Opium Wars.” —The Times (UK)
“The unparallelled master of the historical saga returns, this time, with an eye on China. Beginning with the First Opium War in 1839 and continuing through the present day, Rutherfurd tells a sweeping tale that brings to life a nation’s history, traditions and the people who lived through it as if by magic.” —Newsweek