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Adeline Yen Mah, author of the international bestseller Falling Leaves, wrote this exciting but gentle, heart-burning work of insight about Chinese wisdom, called Watching the Tree (to Catch a Hare) for those who want the full (undercover) title, which was published in the year 2000 by Harper Collins. London, printed and bound in Australia by Griffin Press, Netley.

I learnt so much from Yen Mah’s beautifully written work, things I still quote to friends in those conversations where a precise explanation or example or reason for what is being discussed, helps out. They are things that I can’t see, all these years on, I will ever forget. This, in my view, is philosophy at its most excellent – when reason flutters over you with kindness, massaging the things you know or recognise to be true, and then soldering them into your blood with the slightest but nonetheless active and fusing spark.


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