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In leaving behind the physical closeness of her relationships with her long-term partner, parents, brother and family she is able to analyse and confront 'the mush of dissatisfaction' that had been expanding to fill her life. By lecturing in Beijing Eleanor is at once observer and observed, teacher and pupil. The novel culminates in Tiananmen Square, June 1989, as she finds herself drawn into the unfolding drama that led to one of the most momentous events of the 20th century.

Letters from the Great Wall - Jenni Calder

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Title
Letters from the Great Wall
Author
Jenni Calder
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Luath Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20061001

In leaving behind the physical closeness of her relationships with her long-term partner, parents, brother and family she is able to analyse and confront 'the mush of dissatisfaction' that had been expanding to fill her life. By lecturing in Beijing Eleanor is at once observer and observed, teacher and pupil. The novel culminates in Tiananmen Square, June 1989, as she finds herself drawn into the unfolding drama that led to one of the most momentous events of the 20th century.

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Jenni Daiches was born in Chicago, educated in the United States and England, and has lived in or near Edinburgh since 1971. After several years of part-time teaching and freelance writing, including three years in Kenya, she worked at the National Museums of Scotland successively as education officer, Head of Publications, script editor for the Museum of Scotland, and as Head of Museum of Scotland International. She has written and lectured widely on Scottish, English and American literary and historical subjects as Jenni Calder (including Robert Louis Stevenson: A Life Study, Scots in the USA, Scots in Canada) and writes fiction and poetry as Jenni Daiches. She has two daughters, a son and a dog.

Daiches manages her double narrative with dexterity... An accomplished book.
-- Alan Massie

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Scots - China - Beijing - Fiction.|Beijing (China) - Social conditions - Fiction.|China - History - Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989 - Fiction.
Country of Publication
Scotland
Number of Pages
212

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