Høst & Søn.
My boyfriend, Yong, always said there were two kinds of people. Those who never left the river. They became dirty like its waters and shabby like the huts along its banks. And then there were those who went out into the world, who earned a living. A business. A house. A widescreen television.
Life by the river back home in China was shabby, but I liked the gushing sound it made and I told Yong that if we were to travel we had to be near water.
‘She wants to be close to the water,’ he said to the snakeheads and smiled at me. They also smiled and I smiled at both them and him.
This novel is set among so-called illegal Chinese immigrants in the UK, and it is inspired by the terrible tragedy where 23 Chinese cocklepickers drowned in Morecambe bay.
Report in The Guardian from the Fujian province in China. How has the tragedy in 2004 changed the lives of the families who the cocklers set out to earn a better living for?
Review of Nick Broomfields dramatized documentary, “Ghosts”, that covers the chinese migrant workers in the UK and tells the grim tale of the Morecambe tragedy.
Names, origins and family relations of the dead Chinese.
Photo: Memorial to the 23 cocklers, near Morecambe, Lancashire.
MP, august 2004.
Describes the incident. TV-bit on rescue operation.
Guardian-journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai went undercover in the illegal world of the UK and described the conditions.
Her two articles on this were an important element of my research on this novel.
Lin was convicted of the manslaughter of 21 cocklers. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Hsiao-Hung Pai interviewed him before the trial.
Was Lin Liang Ren the only person to blame for this tragic accident? Hsiao-Hung Pai’s view.
Poul Whitehouse means: “Yes.”
Lille fisk has sold out as a paperbook, but is still available as an e-book at Saxo: