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Every nation has its founding myth, and for modern China it is the Long March. / The epic story of the Long March -- a journey of endurance, bravery and tragedy spread over the vast distance of 10,000 miles. / Sun Shuyun is the first Chinese person to retrace the Long March in order to tell the story of the Marchers -- this is a must read book for anyone with an interest in his period of history. / 'Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud' has sold over 12,000 copies in the UK. / With its ever rising economic power, interest in China and Chinese history remains high. / Competition: Michael Palin, Xinran
Sun Shuyun was born in China in the 1960s. She graduated from Beijing University and won a scholarship to Oxford. She is a film and television producer and has made documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and international broadcasters. For the past decade she has divided her time between Beijing and London.
'!an impressive job of on-the-ground reporting, interweaving the memories of survivors to build up the narrative! ' Observer 'Sun Shuyun provides a sympathetic account, and !all the more refreshing because of the grit of her own travails.' The Times '[Sun Shuyun's] is a lively and very human account.' Sunday Telegraph '!a testament to Shuyun's old-fashioned journalistic values. She has gone to places where something has happened and asked questions.' Telegraph '!from the ocean of lies about the Long March she has salvaged much truth. I hope!Shuyun writes more books!' Literary Review 'There is a warmth to Sun Shuyun's account that makes it much more readable [than Jung Chang's Mao biography]!her own personal voyage of discovery adds poignancy to her vividly descriptive book.' Metro Praise for 'Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud': 'Sun Shuyun gives us the best of many worlds...exploring remote and tantalising places, she unearths fresh and fascinating material from life in the Cultural Revolution to the extraordinary story of the spread and survival of Buddhism. Ten Thousand Miles Without A Cloud is not just a treat for travellers but for anyone with a sense of curiosity.' Michael Palin 'Packed with erudition and perception...it is also honest, sensitive, entirely without ego...ultimately, a meditation on the human condition.' Evening Standard 'Sun Shuyun records her feelings and those of others with spontaneous simplicity, almost innocence, as if she were still the child seeking her grandmother's solution.' Sunday Telegraph