Rare Earth

Tiananmen Square, 2009: ​“Across the concrete, hundreds of metres wide, tens of thousands of unquiet spirits had begun to march … The dead, scraped up off the floors of unlit factories; the victims of firing squads; workers whose lives had been shortened by cancer and poisoning. A whole delegation of brick-kiln kids, their childhoods stolen by work and physical abuse, skipping along in formation, waving the national flag. Brough watched the coalminers turn their faces skyward and wave, as a bunch of recently killed mates flew in from a mine disaster in Shenyang.” 

​Rare Earth: A Novel (2012)