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Blades of Grass is the inspirational life-story of my uncle who died in China in 1945 at the age of only thirty after achieving amazing things during his seven years there, becoming one of the most famous social and historical figures in China's history.
It's the profound life-story of a unique humanitarian spirit, of vision, dedication, heroism and sacrifice.
The logline is that of an adventurous young Oxford graduate who, in 1937, travels to China where, as a journalist, he reports to the world on the three-sided war there cutting through the fog of fake news (Japan's propaganda); and as an inspired teacher he succeeds in creating a technical training programme for refugees, battling rife corruption, disease and galloping inflation.
He immerses himself in the language and culture. He grows to understand the people and is accepted by them. He comes to identify himself as Chinese.
He travels with guerrilla forces, finds the love of his life, adopts four brothers and dramatically saves his school from the advancing invaders.
His school thrives even today in an ancient oasis town on the Silk Road on the edge of the Gobi Desert. He is buried there and is respectfully remembered as a wise and noble friend of China; a bridge between East and West.
The essence of the book is by believing in yourself, trusting in fate and shrugging off preconceptioned prejudice to race, colour and creed you can achieve truly amazing things.