Degrees of Separation — Roger White
Whatever the indifference or brutality of the world, love still thrives.
September 1942: Following the collapse of the Allied resistance in Burma, the full might of the Imperial Japanese Airforce has been unleashed on the cities of Chengdu and Chongqing, in an attempt to force the Chinese government to sue for peace. The brave actions of a squadron of Chinese pilots in their battered planes offer a glimmer of hope in these darkest of hours.
May 2019: 29 year-old Torin Cameron from London meets 26 year-old Lu Chen Xi (Sunny) at a business conference in Chengdu. Reluctant at first, she becomes his guide on a journey of discovery, that takes them deep into the Sichuan countryside and opens Torin’s eyes to China’s heroic role in the second world war—and a family secret that has remained concealed for seventy-five years.
Unravelling the threads between wartime China and Europe and modern-day Chengdu and London, Degrees of Separation explores the yin and yang of tangled human experience, the twists of fate and tendrils of connection that wind through generations and across cultures.
An uplifting and inspirational story of love and reconciliation.
After completing a Chemistry degree at the University of York, Roger went into the field of education. A keen interest in the interface of science, creative arts and politics is reflected in a number of seminal educational books, including In and Out of School (with Dave Brockington), The School of Tomorrow, and The ASDAN Story, plus a regular newspaper column since 2010. Roger is married, with three grown-up children, and lives and works in Bristol. Degrees of Separation is his first published novel.