A Most Immoral Woman (2009)

It is 1904. At the age of forty-two, the handsome and influential Australian George Ernest Morrison, Peking correspondent for The Times of London, is considered the most eligible Western bachelor in China. But Morrison has yet to meet his match — until one night, where the Great Wall meets the sea, he encounters Mae Perkins, the ravishing and free-spirited daughter of a California millionaire, and a turbulent affair begins. War, meanwhile, has broken out between Russia and Japan for domination over northeast China. Morrison’s colleague Lionel James has an idea that will revolutionise war correspondence. But the Russians, the Japanese, and even The Times’s own editor, it seems, would rather see James hung from the nearest yardarm. James believes that only Morrison can help. Just as Mae seems to be slipping away from him, James’s quest propels Morrison into her magnetic orbit once more. Inspired by a true story, A Most Immoral Woman is a surprising, witty and erotic tale of sexual and other obsessions set in the ‘floating world’ of Westerners in China and Japan at the turn of the twentieth century. At its heart stands an original and devastatingly honest woman, as seen from the perspective of the extraordinary man who was drawn to love her.

‘…a most engaging, clever and memorable romp…’ The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Jaivin creates a fully realised, intensely lived-in past… It might be her best work.’ The Age

‘Cleverly constructed, this is to bodice ripping what Harvard is to Play School.’ The Australian Way (Qantas inflight magazine)

Read an interview with Linda about the book, sex and China.


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