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Published: 28 November 2010

352 Pages | 40 b/w halftones

ISBN: 9780199541935

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Passport to Peking

A Very British Mission to Mao's China

Patrick Wright

  • A brilliant study of China as it loomed in the British mind in the twentieth century
  • Uncovers the story of the British delegations invited to China in 1954 in the fifth annivesary year of the Communist victory
  • A delightful mix of travelogue, comedy, and cultural history with an amazing cast of characters, from Clement Atlee to Stanley Spencer
  • Uses a host of previously unpublished letters and diaries to capture the impressions - both mistaken and insighful - of the delegates as they ventured into the 'New China'