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Tim Murgatroyd lives in York with his wife and two sons, where he works as an English teacher alongside his writing career.
Tim has been fascinated by ancient China since his teens, when he discovered a slim volume of Chinese poetry in a secondhand bookshop.
The sequel to TAMING POISON DRAGONS, entitled BREAKING BAMBOO was published in early Autumn 2010. The third book of his China Trilogy, which chronicles the turbulent years of the Mongol occupation and is entitled THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN, was published in the Autumn of 2013. The first two books of the trilogy have been translated into Chinese and are published by Shanghai Arts and Literature.


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Taming Poison Dragons (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Western China, 1196: Yun Cai, a handsome and adored poet in his youth, is now an old man, exiled to his family estates. All that is left to him are regrets of a growing sense of futility and helplessness and the irritations of his feckless son and shrewish daughter-in-law. But the 'poison dragons' of misfortune shatter his orderly existence. First, Yun Cai's village is threatened with destruction by a vicious civil war. His wayward second son, a brutal rebel officer seems determined to ruin his entire family. Meanwhile, Yun Cai struggles to free an old friend, P'ei Ti, from a hellish prison- no easy task when P'ei Ti is the rebels' most valuable hostage and Yun Cai considers himself merely a spent, and increasingly frightened old man. Throughout these ordeals, Yun Cai draws from the glittering memories of his youth, when he journeyed to the capital to study poetry and join the upper ranks of the civil service: how he contended with rivalry and enmity among his fellow students and secured the friendship of P'ei Ti. Above all, he reflects on a great love he won and lost: his love for the beautiful singing girl, Su Lin, for which he paid with his freedom and almost his life. Yun Cai is forced to reconsider all that he is and all that he has ever been in order to determine how to preserve his honour and all that he finds he still cherishes. Only then can summon the wit and courage to confront the warlord General An-Shu and his beautiful but cruel consort, the Lady Ta-Chi.
Breaking Bamboo (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Central China, 1264. When Mongol armies storm into the Middle Kingdom, the descendents of Yun Cai (Taming Poison Dragons) are trapped in a desperate siege that will determine the fate of the Empire. Guang and Shih are identical twins, one a heroic soldier idolised by the city he defends, the other a humble doctor. In the midst of war, jealous conflicts over Shih's wife and concubine threaten to tear the brothers apart. Enemies close in on every side - some disturbingly close to home. Can the Yun family survive imprisonment, ruthless treachery and Kublai Khan's bloody hordes? Or will their own reckless passions destroy them first? "Breaking Bamboo" is the second instalment of a trilogy set in Song and Yuan Dynasty China, charting the trials and adventures of the Yun clan. Due for publication Autumn 2010.

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"This was a surprising find at the library, which I enjoyed a lot. He has gone to some trouble to make this very historically accurate, but characters are sympathetic, even the Second Son. The writer must have researched this period very thoroughly..." Read more of this review »
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I actually read this in the lovely Folio Edition rather than the Norton ebook! I was lent this book by a fellow Stevenson fan at work and ended up using it for research for a novel set in nineteenth century California that I'm writing, so my motives ...more
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This is not a short book -- over a thousand pages. It takes a special knack for story-telling to avoid longeurs over so many pages. I must say that, for all its occasional imperfections of style and anachronisms, Follett kept me hooked night after ni ...more
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"We caught our first glimpse of the capital as night was falling. Here I must win honour and esteem or scuttle back to the mountains, a failure in my own and Father’s eyes. Cousin Hong had driven the servants forward all day with promises and threa..." Read more of this chapter »
"Nancheng, Central China. Summer 1266.

Summer was seldom a pleasant time for Dr Shih. Monsoon and breathless heat encouraged all manner of disease, not least of the spirit. On humid nights the temporary oblivion of sleep often eluded him until dawn...." Read more of this chapter »
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recommended for: anyone who likes entertaining fiction
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I'm not usually a fan of the action thriller with a mystical subplot. Naturally, I read the Da Vinci code (who hasn't except die hard religious fundamentalists?)and found it fairly enjoyable like most people. But Craig Smith's novel was an absolute b ...more
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"Taming Poison Dragons is one of those books you will remember vivid bits of even years after you've read it. The setting is amazingly described and the characters are great. I would have liked a different ending but that didn't spoil my enjoyment..." Read more of this review »
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