In 1983, Ma Jian turned 30 and was overwhelmed by the desire to escape the confines of his life in Beijing. One day he bought a train ticket to the westernmost border of China and set off in search of himself. The result of the journey is this book, presenting the contradictions of China from a man who is both an insider and an outsider.
Derek Lundy recreates a sailing trip undertaken by his great-great grandfather, Benjamin Lundy, in the late 19th century. He shows Benjamin and fellow seamen on board "The Beara Head" as they perform the exhausting, dangerous work of sailing a square-rigger across the Atlantic and round Cape Horn.