The Garden of Perfect Brightness
The most beautiful garden in the world.
The man who built it.
The woman who lived there.
My work-in-progress, part of my PhD at the University of Surrey. It’s based on the lives of Giuseppe Castiglione, a painter recruited by the Jesuits and Niuhuru, mother to the Qianlong Emperor. The novel is about their relationship and is based in the Garden of Perfect Brightness, now known as the Old Summer Palace. Due for publication in 2019.