John Lust joined, after reading French literature, the library of SOAS, London University. He has translated modern Chinese poetry, published on early Chinese radicalism and the secret societies.
'John Lust is to be congratulated on his achievement in producing this pioneering study. It will stand as a work of reference for the future, and it is hoped that it will be the basis for many specialists studies which are necessary to develop our understanding of this fascinating field.' Anne Farrer, Apollo, 1997.