An outcast foreigner. A quiet lover. The fate of the Far East.
China, 1854. Robert Hart is on the run. Fleeing Ireland to escape a
promiscuity scandal, the syphilitic nineteen-year-old arrives in the Middle
Kingdom at the height of the Qing Dynasty. And though he buys a woman to share
his bed, the libidinous Westerner has no idea she will help him shape the
course of a nation.
With the insight into the culture and language his beautiful concubine
provides, Hart helps the emperor put down the bloody Taiping Rebellion. And as
he fights against scheming Brits and Americans during the Opium Wars, the
courageous preacher’s son rises to an unprecedented level of trust within the
Chinese royal family.
Widely regarded as the Godfather of Modernization, this is the dramatized tale
of Robert Hart’s profound influence on one of history’s greatest empires… and
the woman who helped make it possible. With rich detail and deft prose, author
Lloyd Lofthouse paints a captivating picture of a man thrust onto the world
stage as a result of his passions.
My Splendid Concubine is a breathtaking work of historical fiction based on
the unbelievably true story of one political innovator. If you like
nineteenth-century statecraft, well-researched narratives, and celebrating
little-known pioneers, then you’ll adore Lloyd Lofthouse’s award-winning read.