It is 1935, and Tom Stewart, a young Englishman with a longing for adventure, buys himself a cheap ticket aboard the SS Darjeeling-en route to the complex and corrupt world of Hong Kong. A shipboard wager leads to an unlikely friendship that spans seven decades as Hong Kong endures the savagery of the Japanese occupation, emerging as a crossroads of international finance and the nexus of a world of warlords, drug runners, and Chinese triads.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
- 01 Sep 2003
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Penguin USA
- New York, NY, United States
"A lovely, intelligent, and beguiling book." (Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post Book World")
About John Lanchester
John Lanchester is the author of The Debt to Pleasure (winner of the Whitbread and Hawthornden prizes) and Mr. Phillips. Raised in Hong Kong, he now lives in London with his wife and sons.