Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse

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9780140047769: Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse

The arrival of an unpublished memoir offering up a scandalous version of the hitherto blameless public life of the revered oriental scholar, Sir Edmund Backhouse, sets Hugh Trevor-Roper on the trail of an outrageous confidence trickster. One of the great detective stories of our age, told with a pace and an infectious delight in the process of historical research, "The Hermit of Peking" would have made an outrageously imaginative work of fiction but for the fact that it is all true. Trevor-Roper unearths scholars with bizarre sexual fantasies, eunuchs, rare manuscripts and a malicious dowager Queen, and sets them all against the backdrop of a decadent and intrigue-ridden Imperial Court.

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History. Biography. Life of the scholar and eccentric Sir Edmund Backhouse.

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An extraordinary work of scholarship, like Borges rewritten by P G Wodehouse gripping, hilarious -- The Observer

It is one of those rare books which, once begun, you have to finish in a single night. -- Robert Nye, The Scotsman

One of the great classic biographies of an incorrigible rogue... delightful and uproarious. -- Colin Wilson

The reader is throughout amused, amazed and enthralled. -- Bernard Levin, The Times

Trevor-Roper's fine and absorbing narrative has lost nothing with time. -- The Times Literary Supplement

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