Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

PUBLISHED: 10:22 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

MIN S fictionalisation of the true story of China s last Empress is an engrossing look inside the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City. In order to rescue her family from poverty, 17 year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor s wives an

MIN'S fictionalisation of the true story of China's last Empress is an engrossing look inside the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City.

In order to rescue her family from poverty, 17 year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor's wives and ends up as a lower-ranking concubine, little knowing that she will become China's last Empress.

Min brings history to life in this passionate and engrossing story.

Thanks to Ottakar's of Stevenage 4/5

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