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Witty and vivid account of the author's first thirty-five years of his life from his boyhood among the international colony of dilettante in Florence before the First World War, to his maturity when he discovered his spiritual home in Peking before the old Chinese culture was destroyed. Between the two, he was one of the brilliant generation up at Oxford just after the war and afterwards moved to Paris where he knew many of the literary and artistic figures of the time. It is an outstanding memoir, rightly regarded as a classic. Previous owner's name neatly to the ffep. Bright, square hardback protected by a plastic jacket - 416 pages including index. Prompt dispatch.