The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

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Peking, 1914. Eight-year-old Eastern Jewel peers from behind a screen as her father, Prince Su makes love to a servant girl. Caught spying by her thirteenth sister, Eastern Jewel's sexual curiosity sees her banished to live with distant relatives in Tokyo, then forced into a passionless marriage in freezing Mongolia. Increasingly isolated, at night she is plagued by disturbing fantasies and unsettling dreams. But she refuses to be pinned down by anyone - least of all a man - and in the dazzling city of Shanghai she puts her thrill-seeking nature to work spying for the Japanese, spurning everything she once held dear Based on the real-life story of Yoshiko Kawashima, Chinese princess turned ruthless Japanese spy, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel is an intoxicating tale of sexual manipulation and self-discovery that spans three countries and a world war.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 204g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747596263
  • 9780747596264
  • 433,471

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'Riveting - Maureen Lindley brings Eastern Jewel and her world vividly to life with a wealth of fascinating details in this captivating novel' Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans 'A breathtaking account of a ruthless and beautiful princess who betrayed her heritage to spy for the Japanese' Adeline Yen Mah, bestselling author of Falling Leaves 'Essential ... The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel proves fact is stranger than fiction. It's a thrilling read' Harper's Bazaarshow more

About Maureen Lindley

Maureen Lindley was born in Berkshire and grew up in Scotland. Having worked as a photographer, antique dealer and dress designer, she eventually trained as a psychotherapist. She has one daughter and lives in the Wye valley on the Welsh borders with her husband. This is her first novel.show more

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1,443 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (426)
3 33% (477)
2 15% (212)
1 5% (72)
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