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· How I sold almost 2,000 books in twenty hours TWICE

· It is Time – Relief for Victims of Lone-Wolf Killers such as James Holmes

· Living on the thin side of Black Ice

· Getting Oriented

· Learning to Love and Hate while teaching ESL in the Middle Kingdom

· The Release of The Concubine Saga is another Cheap Marketing Ploy


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· The Luxury of Heartache

· Learning from Death

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· The Never-Ending Book Promotion Blues

· Walking the Path of Dead Explorers

· LIttle No More

· Revelation

· Symphony

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· “Crazy is Normal” on a Virtual Book Blog Tour

· “Crazy is Normal” on a Virtual Book Blog Tour

· Running with the Enemy

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East Bay Express

5/21/2008 6:16:00 AM

by Lloyd Lofthouse


Diplomat-Concubine Romance Spurs Novelist
He couldn't resist a 19th-century Chinese love story.
By Anneli Rufus
May 21, 2008

As an interpreter in the British consulate and then Inspector-General of Foreign Customs in China in the mid-19th century, Robert Hart trod many paths. The son of a Wesleyan pastor, he "drifted off the path of righteousness into the arms of booze and babes — my words, not his," says Lloyd Lofthouse, who will discuss My Splendid Concubine, a work of historical fiction featuring Hart, at Bay Books (1669 Willow Pass Rd., Concord) on Thursday, May 22. Hart had an enduring relationship with a young concubine, Ayaou: "Whatever Hart was looking for in love and passion, he found it with Ayaou," says Lofthouse, who first heard about Hart from his wife, the novelist Anchee Min, with whom he divides his time between the Bay Area and Shanghai. "It's as if he wanted one feast in his life he would never forget, and that feast was Ayaou."

Hart is best known not for love but for politics, and is often credited with modernizing China. Working for the emperor, he used keen diplomatic skills to negotiate treaties and thus, Lofthouse says, "kept China out of wars — as much as possible." Significantly, "he respected the Chinese people and culture and felt it was worth saving. Hart was knighted by Queen Victoria and honored by more than a dozen other countries including the Vatican. ... Today, he would probably have a Nobel Peace Prize under his belt too. I'm sure that without Hart, China would have been carved up by Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, and America along with a few other vultures that were looking to pick this ancient civilization's bones. Hart predicted the Boxer Rebellion and the reasons for it. He also wrote ... that China would be back on her feet again by 2100 — meaning that China would be a superpower."

Researching Ayaou was difficult, because Hart purposely burned many of his letters and journals: "I had to reconstruct her by studying Chinese culture, and that took years" — nine, altogether. "Without Anchee, I don't think it could have been done." Ayaou belonged to a low-class, boat-dwelling subculture: "The only clue that Ayaou was a boat girl was a line in one of Hart's journals when she returned from Macao to Canton soon after he quit the British and went to work for the Emperor. He wrote, 'My boat girl is back.'" Lofthouse believes Hart was motivated to destroy his papers not out of shame but out of privacy: "What he had with Ayaou was something special he wanted to keep to himself. I don't think he would approve of My Splendid Concubine ... but we live in a different age than Victorian England. I feel that this love story deserves to be told."

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· Midwest Book Review for Our Hart - 4/10/2010 6:59:00 PM
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· Amazon lists Our Hart - 2/19/2010 3:04:00 PM
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· My Splended Concubine on The Author Show - 11/29/2009 4:56:00 PM
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· The Soulful Veteran - 8/14/2009 10:54:00 AM
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· So Many Precious Books, So Little Time - 6/18/2009 2:12:00 PM
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· Radio86, about a Labor of Love - 3/16/2009 8:27:00 AM
· My Splendid Concubine's Kindle Edition - 3/10/2009 12:38:00 PM
· Authors Read - 3/1/2009 8:17:00 AM
· My Splendid Concubine - 2/14/2009 10:59:00 AM
· The Book Stacks - 2/1/2009 7:16:00 PM
· Peeking Between the Pages - 1/26/2009 10:58:00 AM
· The Tome Traveller's Weblog - 1/5/2009 12:33:00 PM
· Ameican Chronicle - 1/5/2009 12:29:00 PM
· Interview at Fiction Scribe - 12/19/2008 3:41:00 PM
· Book Czar Review - 12/16/2008 4:29:00 PM
· 2008 London Book Festival Winners - 12/10/2008 12:12:00 PM
· Bad News and Good News - 11/28/2008 8:50:00 PM
· PODRAM - 11/19/2008 5:11:00 PM
· Another Internet Literary Environment for 'Manic Readers' - 9/5/2008 7:40:00 AM
· Author Inteview on 'Writer in the Pines' - 9/2/2008 1:26:00 PM
· Talk of the Town with Nelle Reagan cancelled again. - 8/13/2008 4:27:00 PM
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· Talk of the Town with Nelle Reagan - 7/25/2008 11:07:00 AM
· The Lustful Life of Sir Robert Hart - 7/8/2008 5:39:00 AM
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· Historical Novels Review Online - 5/10/2008 10:09:00 AM
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