Rare Earth

Rare Earth

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A washed up TV reporter stumbles onto a corruption scandal in Western China. Pursued through the desert by a psychotic spin-doctor and a world-weary cop, he discovers the real China: illegal metal mines, a fashion-crazed gang of girl bikers, a whole commune of Tiananmen Square survivors and the up-market sleaze-joints of Beijing. En route, he clashes with a stellar cast of people-traffickers, prostitutes and TV execs. But then the unquiet dead begin to intervene: ghosts from his own past and the past of Chinese Communism; the 'spirits that hover three feet above our heads' of Chinese folklore. Rare Earth is a story about love, journalism, ghosts, metallurgy, vintage militaria and large motorcycles set in the badlands of Inner Mongolia and Ningxia. It is about the west's inability to understand the East; one man's epic journey across a dying landscape, where 'thousands of pairs of eyes peer beyond grimy windowpanes into the moonless sky, looking for something better.'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 329g
  • Oldcastle Books Ltd
  • Harpenden, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1842438468
  • 9781842438466
  • 408,659

About Paul Mason

Paul Mason is the award winning economics editor of the BBC current affairs programme Newsnight and author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, an account of the 2008 financial crisis and Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere : The New Global Revolutions. This is his first novel.show more