Manchu Decadence

The China Memoirs of Edmund Backhouse, abridged and unexpurgated

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

Under Thunderous Skies

Miodrag Kojadinović

A girl in Shanghai in high-heels holds a doomed rabbit at the bequest of a client in Germany.

China and the Chinese

Herbert Allen Giles

Herbert Giles was one of the most prominent Sinologists of the late 19th century and early 20th century and this book was in its era one of the best-selling and most authoritative books on the topi

Sixty-four Chance Pieces

A Cycle of Stories from the I Ching - The Book of Changes

The Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes, is one of the oldest and strangest of all books, a masterpiece of world literature, a divination manual and a magnet for the deranged and the obsessive.

Tea on the Great Wall

An American Girl in War-Torn China. By Patricia Luce Chapman

“Shirley Temple” in Wonderland meets Chinese opium addicts, Nazis, and Japanese bayonets. China in the 1930s and a young American girl is an eye-witness as the world falls apart.

A True Friend to China

The Friends Ambulance Unit ‘China Convoy’, 1945-1951. By Andrew Hicks

China in the late 1940s was another world, an ancient society still in the grips of feudalism, desperately poor and in need of modernisation.