Every nation has its founding myth, and for modern China it is the Long March. This book presents the stories behind the March: the ruthless purges, the terrible toll of hunger and disease, the fate of women on the March, the huge number of desertions, and the futile deaths. It also recounts how many suffered even after the March's end in 1936.
Sun Shuyun was born in China in the 1960s. She graduated from Beijing University and won a scholarship to Oxford. She is a film and television producer and has made documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and international broadcasters. For the past decade she has divided her time between Beijing and London.