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'Lavishly imagined and skillfully narrated' Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

'Beautifully written, it is an enthralling debut' Waterstones Book Quarterly

'This intricate tale of love, folklore and one of the most turbulent and terrible times in modern history is as beautifully woven as a silk tapestry' The Lady

'Utterly beautiful and memorable … Meeking presents us with the gift of a brilliant debut novel' – Alexander McCall Smith

'Hails the arrival of an intriguing new talent' – Sunday Herald

'From the opening pages you know that this is going to be a magical book. Beautifully written and intricately blending the story of a marriage with Chinese history and folklore... a debut not to be missed. Meekings is a published poet and this comes through in his lyrical prose. This is a really lovely book and fascinating for those with an interest in the East.' Debut of the month LoveReading

Under Fishbone Clouds is a love story, a family saga and a compendium of Chinese history, folklore, myth and culture.

The Kitchen God, a Chinese deity, has been challenged by the Jade Emperor to fathom the workings of the human heart. In the course of his quest, he follows the life of Jinyi and his wife Yuying, from their youth until their old age. This tale is interwoven with Chinese traditional folktales and stories from ancient Chinese history, while the omnipresent backdrop to Yuying and Jinyi's lives is the sequence of dramatic events of recent Chinese political history, which determines the course of their lives.

Sam Meekings grew up near the south coast of England. He took an undergraduate degree in Modern History and English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford University, and, later, a Masters degree in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University. Since 2005 he has lived and travelled throughout China, working as a teacher and editor. In 2006 and 2007 he was longlisted for the Eric Gregory Award for poets under 30.



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