New Beginnings won first prize for Fiction (the Readers’ Popular Choice Award) in 2014 at the Book Festival in Malaysia.
In the southern Province of Guangxi amidst the turmoil of the Taiping Rebellion and the Opium War, a woman is kidnapped and her husband shipped out to Singapore as indentured labour. This is a moving story of the scourge of opium and one man’s plight and rise in fortune in British Malaya. New Beginnings takes the same family in Sweet Offerings and Bitter-Sweet Harvest back to the time when their forefathers first arrive in Malaya. In it you will see the beginnings of Kuala Lumpur.
Customer reviews (amazon.co.uk):
I am going on to read all the books by Chan Ling Yap, historical involving China, Malaya, immigrants, families and customs.
Shows a genuine well researched knowledge.
– vanwin 10 January 2018
Before reading Chan Ling’s novels, my knowledge of the history of Malaysia was limited to a 1950’s stamp collection with stamps from far away places called Malacca, Penang, Perak, Malay Settlements etc. and the Opium Way was restricted to a page in my O Level history book. Chan Ling’s latest novel is a moving story which provides the background to the migration of Chinese workers to Malaysia and the involvement of all parties in the opium trade. A fascinating book, complementing Chan Ling’s first two novels. I look forward to her next book and to learning more about this intriguing and interesting part of the world.
– A M Wall 10 June 2014
Have enjoyed one of her other books, but found this rather boring. Found myself racing through it, just to get to the end.
– Lisa S 28 June 2016