FRANCES WOOD is head of the Chinese department at the British Library. She is also the author of multiple books, including, Did Marco Polo Go to China?, No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: A History of the Treaty Ports, and The Silk Road.
"Wood's book is a readable introduction to a ruler who has been hailed both as his country's founding father and vilified as a ruthless tyrant." --Sunday Times"Fascinating book" --Mail on Sunday"great knowledge, lightly worn." --Literary Review"wry, concise and authoritative." --Times Literary Supplement"timely, and as sensible as it is concise." --The Independent"Frances Wood presents a different portrait China's First Emperor, offering good reasons why myths of cruelty and megalomania should not be entirely believed." --Metro"Essential reading and a colourful insight into a world in the making." --The Good Book Guide"a timely digest of English-language scholarship on the subject." --The Times"Wood's thorough analysis of the history is heightened by sensuous descriptions that, along with poems, recipes and other quirky details, provide a vivid evocation of life in this period." --Waterstones' Books Quarterly"An authoritative book...likely to rock the foundation of a basic tenet of European civilization." --The Times (UK) on Did Marco Polo Go to China?"Profound but elegant scholarship, supported by a multitude of authoritative, perplexed sources, and aided by a dry engaging wit." --Spectator (UK) on Did Marco Polo Go to China?"Wonderfully lucid." --Economist (UK) on Did Marco Polo Go to China?"Vivid, highly enjoyable and witty." --Daily Mail (UK) on No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: A History of Treaty Ports"A superb book." --Evening Standard (UK) on No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: A History of Treaty Ports"A first-rate account...superbly written and entertaining." --The Times (UK) on No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: A History of Treaty Ports