Roy Peachey is a teacher and writer with a special interest in China and World War I.
After reading Modern History at Oxford, Roy Peachey went on to study English at the Open University, Lake District Studies at Lancaster University, Theology at the University of Nottingham, and Chinese Studies at SOAS, University of London, where he first learned about the Chinese Labour Corps in World War I. He has written for many national publications and taught at a number of schools across the country.
In Roy’s own words:
‘Between Darkness and Light’ emerged out of a chance encounter in a university library. While looking for information on a completely different topic, I stumbled across a book about China and the Great War and was immediately captivated by a side to history I knew nothing about. What I found was a story of adventure, loss, hope and betrayal. This wasn’t dry-as-dust history but a very human story that cried out for novelistic treatment.
I worked on ‘Between Darkness and Light’ for several years until I found the right form for the story. At the heart of my novel is a one-eyed Chinese interpreter for the Chinese Labour Corps, a man who is torn in two directions – between the West, which he has been brought up to admire, and his own country, which he has affected to despise. Oscillating between darkness and light, his story encapsulates the hopes and tragedies of his age, though I should add that there is plenty of humour in the book as well! I really enjoyed creating this unusual take on World War I and hope you enjoy reading it too.