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The Book of Secrets with Xinran, a Mr B’s Event

22 February @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Mr B’s is honoured to welcome internationally acclaimed journalist, writer and activist, Xinran, to discuss her extraordinary new book, – The Book of Secrets; the story of one family in modern China with a history of deceit, betrayal and political intrigue.

Known for her ground-breaking work in documenting the hidden stories of Chinese people, Xinran has been a much-cherished writer at Mr B’s for some yearswith just a few of our notable favourites being The Good Women of ChinaSky Burial, and most recently The Promise.

Xinran will be in conversation with Dr Yukteshwar Kumar, Course Director and distinguished senior academic within the Chinese stream at the University of BathWe hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and eye-opening evening!

About the book:

Following the lives of military intelligence officer Jie and his wife Moon, The Book of Secrets weaves recently found material into a narrative that not only illuminates the shadowy world of intelligence in China, but also the emotional tragedies that political extremism inflicted on those working within.

Drawing on Jie’s own vivid biography of his youth, Xinran pieces together his trajectory as he joins the great hope of the Chinese young – the Communist Party – and becomes a loyal cadre until the late 1970s when, as a chief in the security forces, he makes a decision that will poison his family against him.

This is a totally unique behind-the-scenes account of a family torn apart by the Tiananmen Square massacre and the attempts of Jie to finally open up the Chinese system to the people, pieced together from an extraordinary archive of personal diaries and letters.

No one has done more than Xinran to tell the truth about the lives of ordinary people in twentieth-century China. Her Book of Secrets is a tale of horror, redeemed as always by the story-teller’s warmth, grace and narrative grip. ― Hilary Spurling

An extraordinary book of huge historical interest and value, exactly the kind of book that the Western world needs to read, to understand the complexity of the Chinese political worldview since 1949. ― Julia Lovell

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