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IN A LAND OF PAPER GODS


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IN A LAND OF PAPER GODS


 

Jiangxi, Province, China, 1941 

Echoes of Empire of the Sun and The Poisonwood Bible
— Observer, Fiction Highlights 2016

Atop the fabled mountain of Lushan, celebrated for its temples, capricious mists and plunging ravines, perches a boarding school for the children of British missionaries. As the parents pursue their calling to bring the gospel to China’s most remote provinces, ten-year-old Henrietta S. Robertson discovers that she has been singled out for a divine calling of her own.

In A Land Of Paper Gods  has been selected as an Observer Fiction Highlight for 2016, Independent's  2016 Debut Fiction Roundup, Elle's Best New Books for 2016, plus Red Magazine's book of the month for February 2016.

Also available in e-book

Published by Tinder Press, January, 2016

 
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REVIEWS


REVIEWS


I fell in love with this book and its heroine. Mackenzie is a self-assured and poetic storyteller. This is a wonderful, special book. I inhaled it.
— Red Magazine, Book of the Month
Such a wonderful voice, very funny and very moving.
— Anna James, Elle Magazine Best New Books for 2016
An evocative and involving book with a wonderful setting
— Fanny Blake, Women and Home Magazine
It’s already being hailed as “poignant”, “beautiful” and “funny” - we’d happily add wonderful to that list.
— Isabelle Broom, Heat Magazine
Vividly realised
— Independent, Debut Fiction Round-up
A beautifully poignant book that vividly and originally draws a picture of life in China during the Sino-Japanese war. It is a story full of adolescent verve, young girls coming of age as the world around them falls apart, that remains somehow delightful, both playful and tender, as it breaks your heart. I loved it.
— Lindsay Hawdon, author of JAKOB'S COLOURS
Rebecca Mackenzie’s vigorous prose is original and highly evocative. The untameable beauty of China’s Lushan mountain and the dangers that lie beyond are echoed in the dramatic landscapes that Etta must navigate within herself. Her fate will linger in your thoughts long after the story ends
— Claire King, author of THE NIGHT RAINBOW, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.
Henrietta S Robertson is a beguiling, wilful and wonderfully realised creation, whose humour, yearning and imagination will captivate readers. I was hooked, and devoured the novel in two readings. This is a wonderful debut from Rebecca Mackenzie.
— Jackie Copleton, author of A DICTIONARY OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING