The Gladstone Bag is a touching and engrossing tale of colonial China in the 1930s. Peter Herriton travels from his family's guilty past and the stifling atmosphere of middle England in to Foochow, China. The languid pace of life in Colonial China ...
amuses Peter, but as the bombs fall and Japan mobilises Peter realises the depth of the British myopia in the face of the impending Japanese Invasion. The novel has been informed by author Urusla Ryland's own experiences of China in the 1930s, Ursula was born in Fuzhou (Foochow) where her father was the Superintendent of Tak Ding Hospital and medical officer to the British Consulate. Looked after by her Chinese amah, Ursula spoke Fuzhou dialect, Pidgin English and English from an early age. In 1938 she moved with her parents to Sarawak, Borneo to avoid the immanent Japanese invasion.
Number of pages: 312
Date of publication: 07/03/2011
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