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0120101025

By Betsy Tobin.

On a freezing night in February, a woman wades into the waters of Morecambe Bay in a drunken bid to commit suicide.

Braced for death, she finds herself instead saving a man's life-a young Chinese cockle picker, one of the only survivors of a tragic mass drowning.

For Wen- now missing, presumed dead-Angie provides an unexpected sanctuary.

They share neither language nor experience, but she agrees to let him stay with her and 'disappear'.

Within a short time their unlikely pairing blossoms into something darkly passionate.

But Wen's past soon catches up with him.

He is still in debt to the snakeheads who brought him out of China.

And when his sister, Lili, travels to Britain in search of his memory, she unwittingly seals his fate.

Crimson China is a novel that traps the reader and listener at the outset, shining a light on a tragic, hidden world that runs in parallel to our own.

It is a story of identity and culture, of the irrepressibility of the human spirit, and the powerful undertow of love.

Betsy Tobin was born in the American Midwest and moved to England in 1989.

She is the author of three other novels, Bone House, Ice Land & The Bounce.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

A suicidal woman at Morecambe Bay finds herself saving the life of someone else.

0220101026

By Betsy Tobin.

Lili arrives in London from China and begins to try to find out what happened to her brother Wen - while in Morcambe Bay, Angie has to work out what to do with the man she rescued from the waves.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Lili arrives in London from China and tries to find out what happened to her brother.

0320101027

By Betsy Tobin.

Lili gets a job in a language school in London - whilst Angie and Wen take tentative steps towards communicating in a language they can both understand.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Lili gets a job in a language school, as Angie and Wen try to communicate.

0420101028

By Betsy Tobin.

Lili persuades a friend to take her to Morecambe Bay where she thinks her brother died - whilst Angie buys Wen an English Language Course.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Lili persuades a friend to take her to Morecambe Bay where she thinks her brother died.

0520101029

By Betsy Tobin.

Lili moves in with Adrian and May whilst Wen becomes concerned that the Snakeheads who smuggled him into England for a huge fee - may have tracked him down.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Lili moves in with Adrian and May whilst Wen is concerned the Snakeheads have found him.

0620101101

By Betsy Tobin.

Wen is desperate to get a new passport so he can leave the UK - whilst Lili is trying to avoid Johnny's urgent phonecalls.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Wen is desperate to get a new passport so he can leave the UK.

0720101102

By Betsy Tobin.

Wen gets a job tending to Miriam's garden but is still terrified about being found by the Snakeheads - whilst Lili gets a glimpse of the trouble her brother may have been in.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Wen gets a job tending to Miriam's garden but is still terrified of the Snakeheads.

0820101103

By Betsy Tobin.

Lili finally discovers that Wen - her brother - is not dead.

But it's too late - the Snakeheads have found Wen.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Lili finally discovers that her brother Wen is not dead.

0920101104

By Betsy Tobin.

Lili discovers the existence of Angie and her relationship with her brother Wen.

Together they desperately hope to hear from him after his abduction by the Snakeheads.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

10 LAST20101105

By Betsy Tobin.

Wen escapes from the Snakeheads but knows he must make reparation if he is to have any chance of survival.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Read by Penny Downie and Elizabeth Tan

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Wen escapes from the Snakeheads but knows he must make reparation if he is to survive.