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  • Beleaguered in Pekingby Robert Coltman; Gareth Powell

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 7.99

    In June 1900, Boxer rebels attacked the foreign community in China's capital, forcing all non-Chinese along with hundreds of Chinese Christians, to take refuge in the foreign Legation Quarter. In this first-hand account, American doctor Robert Coltman takes us inside the besieged legations, describing the diplomatic missteps, daring sorties, broken... more...

  • An Australian in Chinaby George Morrison

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 7.99

    Describing a journey across China to Burma, this vivid and precise account follows Australian-born foreign correspondent George Morrison on his travels beginning in 1894. Dressed in Chinese garb and engaging guides and servants as needed, Morrison traveled by riverboat, sedan chair, mule, pony, and, mostly, on foot. A gripping adventure tale, this... more...

  • Musings of a Chinese Gourmetby F. T. Cheng; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 7.99

    This book, written in the early 1950s by a former Chinese ambassador to London, is a cultured and entertaining view of the gastronomic side of Chinese life. F.T. Cheng sets out to show Westerners that there was a lot more to Chinese food culture than chop suey. It is a wonderful reminder of the richness and depth of Chinese culture from a man who... more...

  • I Sailed with Chinese Piratesby Aleko E. Lilius; Paul French

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 7.99

    An enthusiastic history of rampant Cantonese piracy in the 1930s, this first-hand account follows globetrotting journalist Aleko E. Lilius as he sets out to infiltrate mysterious pirate gangs. Describing every detail of the reporter?s life as he eats, sleeps, and sails with murderous gangs, this recollection chronicles the rapport between Lilius and... more...

  • Shanghai Story Walksby Yvette Ho Madany

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 9.99

    A walking tour of China?s Shanghai, this unique guide acquaints travelers with the city?s architecture and traditions. Written from the perspective of a native, this handbook presents the scenic and history-laden paths of Shanghai while revealing its people?s character as well as the grand and gaudy landmarks. more...

  • Décadence Mandchoueby Edmund Trelawny Backhouse; Derek Sandhaus

    Earnshaw Books 2011; US$ 27.99

    In 1898 a young Englishman walked into a homosexual brothel in Peking and began a journey that he claims took him all the way to the bedchamber of imperial China?s last great ruler, the Empress Dowager Tz?u Hsi. Published now for the first time, the controversial memoirs of Sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, Décadence Mandchoue, provide a unique and... more...

  • Behind the Red Doorby Richard Burger

    Earnshaw Books 2012; US$ 15.99

    A sexual revolution is underway in China. Traditional morals and behavior are being turned on their head as the country's climb towards economic prosperity brings sex into the open. But it is a revolution distinctly different from the one experienced in the West and has taken unexpected twists and turns. Written in a highly engaging and readable style,... more...

  • Bridge House Survivorby Henry F. Pringle

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 9.99

    In this never-before-seen account, Henry F. Pringle, a Chinese citizen of British parentage, describes the Japanese occupation of Shanghai from a survivor?s perspective. From the engine room of Imperial Japanese terror—Bridge House Prison—to the prison camps at Haiphong Road in Shanghai and Fengtai near Beijing, this recollection brings to life the... more...

  • Silhouettes of Pekingby D. de Martel; L. de Hoyer; D. de Warzee; Sapajou; Adam Williams

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 7.99

    The dust has cleared from the 1911 revolution, and Peking's diplomatic set languish in an exotic world suspended somewhere between East and West, between propriety and decadence. Against this backdrop, Jean Maugrais finds himself the target of two married women's affections. But he longs for something more than the endless frivolities of the "smart... more...

  • Two Years in the Forbidden Cityby Der Ling; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2007; US$ 7.99

    For two years, Princess Der Ling was the favorite lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager Cixi in the imperial palace in Beijing. This book provides a unique and surprisingly intimate portrait of the Dragon Lady, who ruled China for 47 years, and brought the country to the brink of destruction. Der Ling refers to the larger political context on many... more...