Hodder & Stoughton will publish China, the latest historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd.
Hodder fiction publisher Oliver Johnson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Gill Coleridge at RCW. China will be published in hardback, e-book and audio on May 13th 2021.
In China, Rutherfurd will explore Chinese history through the eyes of royalty and peasants. The novel will follow an array of characters including a young village wife struggling with the rigid traditions of her people, Manchu empresses and warriors, powerful eunuchs, fanatical Taiping and Boxer Rebels, savvy Chinese pirates, artists, concubines, scoundrels and heroes, well-intentioned missionaries and the rapacious merchants, diplomats and soldiers of the West.
Johnson said: "Even before I became Edward Rutherfurd’s editor nearly 20 years ago I have always looked forward to his next book as much as a fan as a publishing professional. Every book is meticulously researched, written with page-turning verve and relatable characters. I’m not alone in my admiration: when I mention his name in conversation readers of every single generation go misty-eyed and relate the moment they first discovered his writing. What’s more they all have different favourites. All his books are cherished. Though it’s been a long wait, I believe the many thousands of fans out there will discover that China is his best novel to date."
Rutherfurd commented: "I have tried to tell the tale of this mighty clash of world views, of mutual misunderstanding, of fortunes gained, battles fought and love lost, as humanly and honestly as I can, as seen from both sides of the divide. I found myself fascinated, made wiser and often moved, and I hope that you may be too."
Rutherfurd's previous books have sold 692,342 copies for £5.6m via Nielsen BookScan since records began in 1998, with his bestseller London (published in hardback by Century in 1997), which sold 204,453 copies in paperback.