Elsa Hart

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Elsa Hart is the author of three acclaimed mystery novels set in eighteenth-century China. The most recent, City of Ink, was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2018. The daughter of a journalist, Elsa was born in Rome and spent much of her childhood abroad, attending international schools in Moscow and Prague. She is drawn to stories about travelers throughout history, and likes to put her own characters in places that are unfamiliar to them.

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Jade Dragon Mountain (Li Du...

3.91 avg rating — 2,661 ratings — published 2015 — 11 editions
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The White Mirror (Li Du, #2)

3.98 avg rating — 955 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

3.62 avg rating — 859 ratings — published 2020 — 5 editions
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City of Ink (Li Du, #3)

4.28 avg rating — 635 ratings — published 2018 — 5 editions
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Li Du Novels

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“He imagined then that the shifting clouds contained thousands of years, and that he had seen the same tree in two different times. What if every moment of that tree's existence, the whole of its past and its future, existed at once, here in this blank and infinite cloud? An eerie suggestion of his own insubstantiality pulled at him. He, too, was inside the void.”
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“Ambassadors. Trade. Diplomacy. These subjects make me feel that I have fallen into a swamp and am breathing mud. I will go to the mansion and eavesdrop on the servants.”
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“The universal villains, heroes, and clowns have no power if no one recognises them.”
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