A Dance with the Dragon: The Vanished World of Peking’s Foreign Colony
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Drawing on a variety of unpublished diaries and letters, Lady Julia Boyd describes Peking’s foreign community in the first half of the 20th century, an exotic world filled with high-octane partying and populated with bigger-than-life individuals like novelist Pearl Buck, philosopher Bertrand Russell, Reginald Johnson (tutor to the last emperor), and the monarchy-rocking Wallis Simpson.
A world traveler and author, Lady Boyd is a former governor of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth and a former Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Council. Her husband, Sir John Boyd, is a former British ambassador to Japan.
Co-sponsored by the English Speaking Union.