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A Family in Nanjing

Colin Thubron

'The old people had prepared a banquet for me - an extravagant spread of cold meats and dumplings which we ate with the prestige television blaring, and nobody watching it.'

Weigi, a Chinese acquaintance, was separated by his job from his wife and parents, and had asked me to visit them when I travelled to Nanjing. So one evening, carrying his gift of clothes for them, I groped down a dark street in a district of shabby blocks of flats. I felt vaguely misused and prepar…


Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is a novelist and travel writer. He was appointed a CBE in the New Year's Honours December 2006 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books include In Siberia (Penguin/HarperCollins), The Lost Heart of Asia, Among the Russians and the novels Falling (1989) and To the Last City (2002).

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