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Peking Picnic

(1932)
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Peking in the 1930s - an ancient city of warlords, bordered by brutal civil war, and a place of exquisite beauty. Laura Leroy, whose marriage to a diplomat has taken her far from home, lives divided between England and the social farce of diplomatic life in Peking. When a group of expats venture out on an expedition to the great monastery at Chieh T'ai Ssu they find themselves intoxicated by the extraordinary flowering beauty of Chinese landscape in spring. Laura is drawn to Vinstead, a man who reminds her of the green fields and spires she has left behind in Oxford. But far from the pleasures of cocktails and picnic parties, they encounter a shocking clash that threatens the security of their fragile society. Peking Picnic is an enthralling novel, and Ann Bridge evokes the uneasy balance of living between two worlds, between east and west, and between old China and the coming of the new. 'A first novel of rare quality - beautiful, grave, humorous, exciting, and wise.' - Observer 'Ann Bridge's special blend of landscape and romance, makes us feel that we have been there too and have shared its dramas and enchantments.' - Linda Kelly 'Almost unmixed delight . . . It is pictorial and exciting and illuminating.' - L. P. Hartley 'And unusual and beautiful first novel, which leaves one thinking long after one has put it down.' - Spectator

    

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May 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: Peking Picnic (New Portway Reprints)
Author(s): Ann Bridge
ISBN: 0-86220-530-1 / 978-0-86220-530-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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December 1953 : UK Hardback
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Title: Peking Picnic
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ISBN: 0-7011-0573-9 / 978-0-7011-0573-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Peking Picnic
Author(s): Ann Bridge
ISBN: 1-907970-59-2 / 978-1-907970-59-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Daunt Books
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May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Peking Picnic (Capuchin Classics)
Author(s): Ann Bridge, Linda Kelly
ISBN: 0-9562947-8-2 / 978-0-9562947-8-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Capuchin Classics
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2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Peking Picnic (Rediscoveries London)
Author(s): Ann Bridge
ISBN: 1-58579-000-1 / 978-1-58579-000-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: AKADINE PRESS
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October 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Peking Picnic (VMC)
Author(s): Anne Bridge
ISBN: 1-85381-083-5 / 978-1-85381-083-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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January 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: Peking Picnic
Author(s): Ann Bridge
ISBN: 0-586-05219-4 / 978-0-586-05219-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Peking Picnic
Author(s): Ann Bridge
Publisher: Daunt Books
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