July book of the month: Crimson China by Betsy Tobin

Crimson China

July's pick is Crimson China by Betsy Tobin, which has already been Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and is an excellent slow-burn suspense story. 

Crimson China tells the story of two strangers who meet one freezing night in February 2004, in the icy waters of Morecombe Bay. Angie, an Engligh woman who is drunkenly attempting suicide, finds herself saving Wen, a Chinese cockle picker, from drowning. They share neither language nor experience but Angie offers him sanctuary, soon finding in this enigmatic stranger a refuge of her own. What she doesn't know is that Wen is a wanted man, on the run from a criminal gang.

As the Financial Times put it: "Tobin seamlessly incorporates documentary material into the story... This gripping study of loss and redemption is also an authentic portrait of an invisible underclass."

Betsy Tobin


Date for your diary

Betsy will be joining us for our book club chat on Tues 19 July, 8-9pm. Hope you can join us.

About Betsy Tobin

Betsy Tobin was born in the American Midwest and moved to England in 1989. She is the author of three other novels, Bone House, The Bounce and Ice Land. She lives in Islington, London with her husband and four children.


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