Passing Under Heaven – Justin Hill

Set in 9th century China at the twilight of the Tang Dynasty and their Empire, Justin Hill’s novel is a gem. It tells the tale of the doomed lives and loves of Minsiter Li, a Government Official from a powerful family, who buys as his concubine Little Flower/Lily, a beautiful and educated orphan from the northerm fringes of the Empire. When their love thwarted by pride, custom and family, Lily turns to poetry and becomes a courtesan to the rich and powerful…. so far, so clich