About the book
1930s, England. Christopher Banks has become the country’s most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, When We Were Orphans is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue and the need to return.
Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger W I Reading Group
This book was enjoyed by the majority of the group. It was well written and very atmospheric . . . The part of the book dealing with pre-war Shanghai was enjoyed by all. As in ‘Remains of the Day’ the main character was a flawed personality, the outsider, but then as someone pointed out ‘aren’t we all’. Well worth reading.
Star rating ***
Reviewed by U3A Book Group 4
Most of the group liked it enough to finish it but found it slow and somewhat confusing.
Star rating **