The friends that I stayed with in Thailand lent this to me and it has taken me ages to read, just because it is quite heavy and I haven’t wanted to lug it around on the tube with me. But about 3/4 of the way through, I gave up on that, and started carrying it, because it was just that good.
Tai Pan is the story of the founding of Hong Kong, and takes you in to a mercenary world of traders, pirates and colonialists. It took me a while to get used to the style of writing, as James Clavell puts accents on to everyone, and sometimes they can be a bit tricky to imagine, but once I was into it I absolutely loved it!
Swash-buckling, full of intrigue, double-crossing and heaving bosoms, it is a really cracking read. It had me in tears at the end. Definitely one to add to the list if you haven’t already read it.