This book was a find in my local charity shop, and not one I expected to find so very good to read. Its a powerful and very engaging account of repression and human endurance. Cheing achieves a sensitive balance between reporting what happened and her feelings when she's writing about the personal was impressive.
I struggled with the long passages about
Chinese history but learnt a lot about a political system that I know very little about.
I'm writing this in a French heatwave and its far too hot to have a laptop on my lap, time for another visit to the pool. I've learnt how to get on the lilo and wondering if I can read while it floats me around and around. More on this later ......