About the Book

Author's Introduction

‘I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve.’ It is the reputed quote of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, following the 1941 Pearl Harbour attack. One wonders whether he meant the US or did he mean China, for the attack prompted an Asian conflict that...

Book Cover

The Banyan is a tree synonymous with South East Asia. When allowed, it will spread its canopy over vast areas. It manages this by dropping down roots from its boughs when then soldify into trunk like structures. The significance of the Banyan in the book is that it is akin to Chinese society where...

Synopsis

The book presents life in Macau and Hong Kong from the fall of Hong Kong through to the height of the Cultural Revolution in 1970. Camila de Guimarães finds herself stranded in Hong Kong, having tried to tame her lover Matthew Dixon into marriage. On failing, she opts for her next best choice...