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An Insular Possession

An Insular Possession

Canton 1833. Walter Eastman and Gideon Chase, young Americans working in the ‘Factories’ - the home of the East India Company on the south China coast - are at loggerheads with the European community which thrives on the opium trade. When Eastman is fired, he and Chase establish an irreverent weekly paper, The Lin Tin Bulletin and River Bee. In their writing - particularly in their attacks on their rival paper, the conservative Canton Monitor - the two buccaneers show a flamboyance and crusading zeal.  When the first Opium War breaks out their lives grow increasingly dangerous and diverse.


About the Author

Timothy Mo

Timothy Mo was born in Hong Kong in 1950.  After graduating from St John’s College, Oxford, he worked as a journalist for the New Statesman and Boxing News.  His first novel, The Monkey King, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His next three novels were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction: Sour Sweet, winner of the Hawthornden Prize; An Insular Possession; and The Redundancy of CourageSour Sweet was adapted as a film in 1988 with a screenplay by Ian McEwan.  His more recent novel, Renegade or Halo2, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.