- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Sandstone Press (December 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905207492
- ISBN-13: 978-1905207497
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,366,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Julian Lees was born and raised in Hong Kong.
He currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with his wife and children.
The great-grandson of a high-ranking Cossack officer who served under the last Tsar of Russia, Julian is a writer who draws from his family's rich history.His novels are set in a world where East meets West, a cross-cultural world which he captures bewitchingly and dramatically in his fiction
Julian is the author of the novels A WINTER BEAUTY and THE FAN TAN PLAYERS (entered for the 2010 MAN Asian Literary Prize)
His third novel, THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES, was published in February 2013 by Sandstone Press in the UK and by Blanvalet/Random House in Germany.
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Thank you, Mr. Lees, for a GOOD READ!
I found it a well-researched novel covering a lot of ground; from the tropics of Asia to the highlands of Scotland to the lows of Japanese occupation, from the 1920s to the 40s.
Essentially a love story, with enough grit and humour to keep things from becoming too syrupy, as exemplified by the relationship between Iain and Carlos, which I enjoyed immensely.
As a man who has spent time in both Eastern Europe and Asia, I found this a great read from a historical perspective. The writer puts the reader in the place and the moment, evidently very well-versed in the locations and era himself, although this did at times feel a little laboured.
The main thread of the story is compelling and Lees keeps up the pace once he's introduced the characters - certainly a book I would lose sleep on to finish.
In short, for all who have fallen in love with Asia, or who haven't but should, the story is a great vehicle to transport you to times gone by and mystical places.
Looking forward to more please!
Suffused with themes of family and loyalty, Julian Lees teaches you to fight for the people you love, no matter what the cost, and proves to be a writer of tremendous passion, detail and charm
I look forward to reading more of Mr Lees books in the future.