Book: BENEATH YELLOW CLAY by Robert Mitchellcategories: Book, Tomb Raiders, Smuggling Antiques, Murder in China, Action and Suspense, Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Tomb Robbers, Chinese Burial Goods, Ancient China, Chinese Action Mystery, Adventure Thriller
Robert Mitchellabout this book: There are two parts of China. The first is that covered by the large bustling cities and the towns. The other is out in the country, the areas where the population is much less dense, where the people work on the land, where they seem to be poorer, where they work all the hours that nature has given to them. They see few foreigners in these areas, which was probably why we were treated both as curiosities and as minor celebrities when we found ourselves in a remote area of Shanxi Province a few years, a part of China which the tourist never sees. A friend was going back to his roots and had asked if we would like to accompany him. Naturally we jumped at the chance. I found the broken piece of age-old porcelain hiding on a shelf at the back of the dark kitchen in the old farmhouse, mixed in with other odds and ends. It took several days for the story to be revealed, to be dragged out of our friend's father. We were told of several ancient tombs which had been broken into many years ago, and were told of the tomb robbers who had taken all that was valuable. Our friend's father had found this piece, a piece which was only part of a larger object and which the tomb robbers had probably discarded. We had to promise not to reveal his father's name, nor the location of the farm. I have kept that promise, but nothing could stop me from writing Beneath Yellow Clay. The farm is nowhere near the area I have described, and you will not recognise his father from my characterisation.
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