"Set in 14th-century China, during the final years of the Mongol-ruled Yuan Dynasty, it is the story of Wang Meng, one of the era’s four great masters of painting. It is John Spurling’s fourth novel [...], took him 15 years to write and was rejected 44 times before being published by Duckworth last year."
The judges said of the book, “The Ten Thousand Things is subtle and rewarding. Through John Spurling’s writing you feel as though you are reading Wang Meng’s paintings as he created them. It is a mesmerising, elegantly drawn picture of old imperial China, which feels remarkably modern."