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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Tse Narrator: Liz Sutherland Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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Spanning almost a hundred years, this rich and evocative true story recounts the lives of three generations of remarkable Chinese women. Their extraordinary journey takes us from the brutal poverty of village life in mainland China, to newly prosperous 1930s Hong Kong and finally to the UK.

Their lives were as dramatic as the times they lived through. Helen Tse's grandmother was forced to work as an amah after the violent murder of her father.

Crossing the ocean from Hong Kong in the 1950s, Lily honed her famous chicken curry recipe. Eventually she opened one of Manchester's earliest Chinese restaurants. But thanks to gambling and the Triads, they lost it. It was up to Helen and her sisters to re-establish their grandmother's dream. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/19/2014

    " This book is a saga of the survival of a Chinese woman who emigrated to Canada from China. It is written respectfully and with love by her two granddaughters. It is very touching. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 2/19/2014

    " The quality of the writing sucks! I left the book in my doctor's office and didn't finish it in time for my book club meeting, but the story annoyed me so much I didn't care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 2/12/2014

    " This was a sweet book!! An amazing journey for the women in this family, their struggles and hardships, and the love of food and family recipes that brings everyone together around the table whether in a small China village to Hong Kong and then to Manchester, England. Something for everyone in this touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/5/2014

    " courageous ladies.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 2/4/2014

    " This is a nice easy read of three generations of Chinese woman who love to cook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 2/2/2014

    " I had difficulty putting this book down as I followed these women from a state of abuse and extreme poverty to a new beginning. The sheer strength that these women exhibited to persevere is unbelievable. This book is a lesson to all women today... anything is possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/27/2014

    " Being brought up in a three-generational household, I was eager to read this true account of three generations of a Chinese family. Lily, the grandmother, survived through pure determination; this trait was passed down to Mabel and her children. Throughout their lives in China, Hong Kong, and finally England, the love of cooking was constant. Mabel's daughters ended up building a restaurant in Manchester and carrying on their grandmother's dream. Good read about amazing people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/19/2014

    " Great look at the history of Chinese women. This true story follows four generations beginning in a small village in mainland China to Hong Kong to modern day Britain. Highly recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/10/2014

    " Not sure where I saw this recommended, nothing extremely interesting or unusual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/8/2014

    " I particularly enjoyed reading this book as I have a Chinese friend whose parents own a restaurant so I was wondering how much of her life paralleled Helen's. Now that we're studying Mandarin it was also good to get to read a bit about the history & culture. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendell | 1/3/2014

    " An enjoyable biography covering 3 generations of Chinese women as they leave China, find a place in colonial Hong Kong, and eventually settle in Manchester, England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/24/2013

    " I usually do not like to read "autobiographies or family true stories, but this novel was excellent! Helen Tse told this story from her grandmother and mother's point of view and it was extremely good reading minus a few typographical errors! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 10/28/2013

    " Very sweet book with great food as a backdrop for one family's culture and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Roche | 10/17/2013

    " I enjoyed the stories about Lily, the grandmother who survived many hardships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/11/2013

    " Quality of life improves for Chinese women from one generation to another. Uplifting book of hope. Enjoyed the culture contrast between the British and Asian worlds. Book has no simple conclusion. Life does get better with effort, but this is always an ongoing process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Jung | 5/11/2013

    " Wonderful inspiring story of 3 generations of Chinese women from Hong Kong who emigrated to England where they successfully ran the Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/23/2013

    " Story of four generations of women. Story starts in hong kong and ends in the U.K. Truly inspirational! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/29/2012

    " The life journey of a Chinese woman from her small town in China, to Hong Kong to England. Captures your interest. Easy read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie desJardins | 6/8/2012

    " There were some interesting parts, but for the most part this was a fairly formulaic memoir/family history of a Chinese family who eventually emigrates to the West. I thought the constant jumping around in time and perspective was distracting and a bit confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Llandaff | 6/3/2012

    " Good if you have an interest in Chinese culture....particularly British Born Chinese. Not particularly well-written. Author keeps changing timelines making it difficult to follow at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Chambers | 6/3/2012

    " A family's story of immigration through the story of food. Excellent. I was fascinated by the story of three generations of daughters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/19/2012

    " A good reminder that we can rise above our problems and create a bright future for our children and their children. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simon Lee | 2/12/2012

    " I was brought up in Manchester... it is not really a typical life of a Chinese family. At least not mine anyway. Way too heart-warming to be real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Park | 12/13/2011

    " While the story of the three generations was interesting, I liked Snowflower and the Secret Fan better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Notek | 11/12/2011

    " I am currently reading this book and I love it. It is the long story of three generations of Chinese women and their hardships. One tells the story of their success after suffering for a long time. So far its a good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 10/10/2011

    " This book was amazing. I found the sheer determination of the three generation in the book, despite the huge obstacles faced a real inspiration. High recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 6/7/2011

    " Great book. You can't beat real life stories! This family went through a lot! But really changed things for their family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Llandaff | 4/11/2011

    " Good if you have an interest in Chinese culture....particularly British Born Chinese. Not particularly well-written. Author keeps changing timelines making it difficult to follow at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2011

    " True story through the generations. I really enjoyed reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 9/9/2010

    " Not sure where I saw this recommended, nothing extremely interesting or unusual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/19/2010

    " I particularly enjoyed reading this book as I have a Chinese friend whose parents own a restaurant so I was wondering how much of her life paralleled Helen's. Now that we're studying Mandarin it was also good to get to read a bit about the history & culture. Very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 7/15/2010

    " This book is a saga of the survival of a Chinese woman who emigrated to Canada from China. It is written respectfully and with love by her two granddaughters. It is very touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 5/27/2010

    " I usually do not like to read "autobiographies or family true stories, but this novel was excellent! Helen Tse told this story from her grandmother and mother's point of view and it was extremely good reading minus a few typographical errors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 3/15/2010

    " I enjoyed the stories about Lily, the grandmother who survived many hardships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 2/25/2010

    " This is a nice easy read of three generations of Chinese woman who love to cook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 2/14/2010

    " This book was really sweet, a touching memoir of survival. Throughout the book, I kept wishing that it was longer, that it would go into more detail. It was a wonderful summary of these three women, but I felt I still had a very outsider's view of them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simon | 1/13/2010

    " I was brought up in Manchester... it is not really a typical life of a Chinese family. At least not mine anyway. Way too heart-warming to be real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/26/2009

    " Quality of life improves for Chinese women from one generation to another. Uplifting book of hope. Enjoyed the culture contrast between the British and Asian worlds. Book has no simple conclusion. Life does get better with effort, but this is always an ongoing process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/2/2009

    " Wonderful inspiring story of 3 generations of Chinese women from Hong Kong who emigrated to England where they successfully ran the Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester. "

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