Set in the Yunnan countryside in China, Chris Taylor’s debut novel Harvest Season has drawn favourable comparisons with The Beach, by Alex Garland.
“More than a decade after first discovering an idyllic ancient walled town deep in the mountains of southwest China, Matt, a former guidebook writer, returns to find his modern-day vision of Shangrila threatened by a brash outsider intent on putting the town on the party circuit. Matt falls for the newcomer’s fiery girlfriend, and becomes entangled in a power struggle that pits the drug-addled Westerners against increasingly hostile locals. Harvest Season is a dark exploration of the disrupting effect of outsiders on China, and the violent repercussions.” – Earnshaw Books
“The point of Harvest Season is to take the reader on a journey through the shattering of the very illusions that make clichés of the characters in the first place. These are people in a purgatory of inaction and forgetting, indulging themselves in self-congratulatory abandon. There are inevitably consequences and the consequences involve a shattering of illusion.” – Chris Taylor
Having spent a considerable amount of time in the region and having mixed with characters not dissimilar to those in the book, Harvest Season rings true in our ears and comes highly recommended.