Jonathan Cape has acquired the new book by Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans (William Collins).
UK and Commonwealth rights to Sun Yat-sen and the Soong Sisters were acquired from Gillon Aitken.
This is the third and final book in Chang’s sequence that spans the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century and tells the story of modern China.
Through Sun Yat-sen ‘The father of China’ and the three Soong sisters - Mme Sun, her younger sister May-ling, wife of Sun’s successor Chiang Kai-shek, and Ai-ling, Sun’s mistress - Chang tells the “dramatic story of 20th century China, as lived through by the three women who circled and inhabited the crucible of power in the one of the world’s most powerful empires”.
Jonathan Cape’s Michal Shavit said: “Jung Chang is a master biographer as we know from her brilliant bestselling biographies of Mao and Cixi, but she is also a master storyteller as we saw in her much loved memoir, Wild Swans.
“This book brings together those two strands in her writing, and in Sun Yat-sen we meet the man who defined the turn of the century in China. We are thrilled and proud to be publishing Jung’s next book at Cape”.
Sun Yat-sen and the Soong Sisters is due for publication in 2019.