‘One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country.’ These three remarkable women would, via their own and their husbands’ positions of power, help shape events in twentieth-century China, leaving an indelible mark on history. This is a compelling story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal, told with Chang’s unique blend of the intimate and the epic. 

Jung Chang is the acclaimed author of three previous non-fiction books including Wild Swans, a group biography of Chang’s mother and grandmother, and of herself, which has been translated into 37 languages and is one of the biggest selling non-fiction works of all-time. It remains banned in her native China.

Chaired by Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan, Durham University

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