Frances Wood is Head of the Chinese section at The British Library. Her previous publications include Did Marco Polo Go To China? (1995), No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port Life in China 1843-1943 (1998), Hand Grenade Practice in Peking: My Part in the Cultural Revolution (2000), and Blue Guide to China (revised edition, 2002).
"A beautifully rendered tribute to the thousands of years in which these routes served as the center of trade....This is a rich, and richly illustrated, history." - Publishers Weekly; "The Silk Road - copiously illustrated, as befits its Folio Society origins - is a fine introduction to a world about which most Westerners know only the legend." - Times Literary Supplement; "A splendidly illustrated history of the route along which East met West." - San Jose Mercury News"