Crimson in the Water by Nigel Beaumont

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Ordinary people caught in a hotpot' (from a Chinese saying) China in the1930s and early 40s . . . In the hotpot: tongue-scrapers, black kite lovers, simpletons, brothel girls, floggers, Reds, warlords, peasant farmers, Taoist priests, Japanese airmen and 'Imperialist devils' (invaders from the land of the Rising Sun) . . . and Yuling. This is his epic story, from an eleven-year-old who bonds with his nature-loving grandfather at a hut high above the world in big cat territory . . . to near death dreaming . . . to young adulthood as a brilliant artist in forbidden love in a political and war-torn motherland. Set in the lush sub-tropical south-east, Crimson in the Water is inspired drama at its pulsating best, with captivating prose and evocative dialogue. Early readers: 'Utterly gripping, you do not quite know what is going to happen next, you think this will happen and then it takes a different direction - brilliant' 'This novel very soon said "movie" to me' 'The story grabbed me, it kept me hugely looking forward to the next moment, I read it at home, in the car, on holiday, and on the ferry'

About Nigel Beaumont

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Nigel Beaumont was born in Yorkshire, England, educated at Oundle, and won a competitive Commonwealth scholarship from the Drapers' Company (an ancient City of London guild) to Canada's prestigious McGill University, Montreal. For many years a London solicitor (lawyer in American parlance), he moved to Bavaria several years ago where he writes, oil paints, und spricht ein bisschen Deutsch. He is a lover of music (classical and the best of old pop), of art in most forms, of history and architecture, and enjoys the richness of the south German landscape and culture. Crimson in the Water is his first novel, for which he genuinely felt inspired throughout the composition. He is currently working on his second novel that takes place in the Philippines, and the muse has not yet left his shoulder.
Published March 24, 2011 by AuthorHouseUK. 472 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction