In leaving behind the physical closeness of her relationships with her long-term partner, parents, brother and family she is able to analyse and confront 'the mush of dissatisfaction' that had been expanding to fill her life. By lecturing in Beijing Eleanor is at once observer and observed, teacher and pupil. The novel culminates in Tiananmen Square, June 1989, as she finds herself drawn into the unfolding drama that led to one of the most momentous events of the 20th century.
|Title||Letters from the Great Wall|
|Author Bio||Jenni Daiches was born in Chicago, educated in the United States and England, and has lived in or near Edinburgh since 1971. After several years of part-time teaching and freelance writing, including three years in Kenya, she worked at the National Museums of Scotland successively as education officer, Head of Publications, script editor for the Museum of Scotland, and as Head of Museum of Scotland International. She has written and lectured widely on Scottish, English and American literary and historical subjects as Jenni Calder (including Robert Louis Stevenson: A Life Study, Scots in the USA, Scots in Canada) and writes fiction and poetry as Jenni Daiches. She has two daughters, a son and a dog.|
|Reviews||'Daiches manages her double narrative with dexterity... An accomplished book.' -- Alan Massie|
|BIC Subject||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)|
|BISAC Subject||FICTION / General|