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The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure

The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure

Adam Williams

Thomas Dunne Books



Northern China, 1899. As the Boxer Rebellion erupts, a cast of innocents, fanatics, sinners, and lovers are drawn to the Palace of Heavenly Pleasure - an infamous brothel that overlooks an execution ground - where the fury of the East will meet the ideals of the West and all will face their destiny. Adam Williams's first novel is a historical tour-de-force and a triumphant return to traditional storytelling on a truly grand scale.


Praise for The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure

“A scintillating adventure polished by a dash of history...Entertaining, engaging and informative.” —The Times

“An epic historical and romantic story as well as an impressive first novel.” —The Sunday Mirror

“If you like derring-do, murderous characters, interesting sexual practices and intrigue, this is for you...Indulge in a heady, passionate drama.” —The Daily Express

“A modern twist on the traditional historical epic.” —The Guardian

“There is a cinematic feel to this novel, as the action shifts from one great set-piece to another.” —The Independent

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About the author

Adam Williams

Adam Williams, whose family has lived in China since the late 19th century, was born and raised in Hong Kong. He is a businessman who for the last 18 years has been Chief Representative in Beijing for a Far East trading and services conglomerate. He was Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China from 1996-98. His books include The Emperor's Bones, The Dragon's Tail, and The Book of the Alchemist. He is married to Fumei and has two children. He lives in Beijing, China.

Adam Williams

From the Publisher

Thomas Dunne Books

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