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.
John Lanchester is the prize-winning author of three novels: The Debt to Pleasure, Mr. Phillips, and Fragrant Harbour, as well as a family memoir. He is also a journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York… More about John Lanchester
“An ambitious novel . . . Mr. Lanchester succeeds in fusing the epic with the individual.” (The New York Times)
“A lovely, intelligent, and beguiling book.” (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World)
“Lanchester makes Hong Kong so fascinating. What he has to say about the city is complex and thoughtful and has all the makings of a great, epic story.” (San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle)