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Like Chinese silk, The Red Thread is, by turns, gentle and strong, exploring a love that breaks through the divide of race and culture, a love that is both deeply physical and a marriage of souls. Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace, this cultural romance follows the struggle of two lovers: Zhen, once the loweliest of Chinese coolies and triad member, later chosen to marry into a Peranakan family of Baba Chinese merchants; and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots girl and sister of Singapore's Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity. By incorporating real figures from Singapore's historical past, Dawn Farnham brings to life the heady atmosphere of Old Singapore, where exotic beliefs and customs clash and jostle in the struggle to make a life and create mutual understanding between peoples from different worlds.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9789810575670
ISBN-10: 981057567X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: monsoon
Publisher: Monsoon Books
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: Singapore

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Author Biography - Dawn Farnham

Dawn Farnham grew up a sandgroper, barefoot and free, roaming the bushy suburbs and beaches of Perth, Western Australia. She has a BA in Japanese from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Master's Degree from Kings College. She and her husband now live in Singapore. It is in this thriving port city-state that she found her muse and began to write, finding particular pleasure in its colourful and often wild past. She is the author of three books and numerous short stories.

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