Birdless Summer

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Birdless Summer
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First edition (UK)
Author Han Suyin
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre autobiography, history
Published
Media type Print (book)
Pages 347
Preceded by A Mortal Flower
Followed by My House Has Two Doors

Birdless Summer is an autobiography by Han Suyin. It covers the years 1938 to 1948, her work as a midwife in Chengtu and then going to London with her husband, who was a military attaché there. Also her training as a doctor, the start of the last phase of the Chinese Civil War, in which her husband died fighting for the Kuomintang.

She gives a vivid picture of the final years of Kuomintang rule in mainland China, and of reactions to the Japanese invasion. She also tells how she came to write her first book, Destination Chungking. This was actually a joint work, written from her notes but revised by an established writer.