To the Edge of the Sky: A Story of Love, Betrayal, Suffering and the Strength of Human Courage
‘I wanted to tell the whole world the truth about China. People living outside didn’t really understand
what happened – because my parents died a long time ago I could not do my duty and look after them.
I was too young. So I have written a book for them.’
Despite suffering terrible heartache, loss and pain growing up in communist China, Anhua Gao found courage, hope and, eventually, love. This is her story: the story of a woman who, whether she tried to live with or struggle against the harsh ideology of Red China, was treated with shocking inhumanity.
When her parents died, leaving Anhua and her siblings orphans, they were hailed by
Mao Tse Tung as revolutionary martyrs. But her parents' reputation proved a fragile
shield from the horrors of communist China. Her life torn apart by the whims of the
state, Anhua found herself alone — something she fully realised when, after serving
with distinction as a nurse in the Red Army, her own sister betrayed her, blighting
her future. Ill-
Moving, sometimes shocking, but always compelling, this is the tale of someone who, against unbelievable odds, survived and, finally, found a happiness she had not dared to hope for.
“She tells the by-
“Painful to read but difficult to put down, the book explains China's recent history through fascinating and harrowing personal accounts.”
“An authentic survivor’s story, more disturbing and awe-
“The book is an excellent account of life during and before the reign of Mao Tse-
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