The narrative of this book employs the best attributes of fiction and authenticity to seamlessly span two unique worlds, past and present. As a result, it is a compelling read as well as richly informative.

Like Horst, I was very pleased to be asked to share our individual, and unusual, stories of our Shanghai experiences. All of us from that milieu believe that we grew up in a unique city at a most unique time in history, never to be repeated!
— Sam Moshinsky, author of 'Goodbye Shanghai: A Memoir'
I was impressed that Kirsty has been able to become so well-informed on the situation faced by many who had to find refuge in the only city where anyone could arrive without a visa or permit. Kirsty has done very well in bringing this experience to the wider public in a most readable and certainly interesting novel.
— Horst Eisfelder, author of 'Chinese Exile: My Years in Shanghai and Nanking'
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Coming May 2018 ... THE JADE LILY

'...compelling, passionate and admirable.' 
Australian Women's Weekly

In 2016, fleeing London with a broken heart, Alexandra returns to Australia to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm, when her grandfather is dying. With only weeks left together, her grandparents begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for more than half a century. 

In 1939, two young girls meet in Shanghai, the 'Paris of the East': beautiful local Li and Viennese refugee Romy form a fierce friendship. But the deepening shadows of World War Two fall over the women as Li and Romy slip between the city's glamorous French Concession and the desperate Shanghai Ghetto. Eventually, they are forced separate ways as Romy doubts Li's loyalties.

After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents' past. As she peels back the layers of their hidden lives, she begins to question everything she knows about her family - and herself. 

A compelling and gorgeously told tale of female friendship, the price of love, and the power of hardship and courage to shape us all.

Out 24 April 2018

Pre-Order (Australia and NZ) 

Paperback editions will be available from all good bookshops from 24 April 2018. 

In the meantime, you can pre-order copies to be uploaded/sent on the release date.