[bas relief by Oleh Lesiuk]
I have many
personal acknowledgements to make to the numerous friends and relatives who have
helped me in preparing this book. Firstly, my late mother who could still
recall the terrible ordeal of the death of her brother, Gareth. The Rev.
John Heywood Thomas gave me initial advice as to how to set the story in its
present form and improve my ‘turn of phrase’.
I should like
to particularly thank my son, Nigel, as he has not only given me constant
support and enthusiasm, but also on-going computer advice, having introduced me
several years ago to Mr Bill Gates’ word-processing technology.
Furthermore, he has helped me editorially to separate the political intrigue
from the travelogue, spending in excess of several hundred hours over the past
few years reading all the source material, re-structuring the investigative
chapters, providing additional research and alternative opinion (resulting in
much heated discussion and on-going e-mail correspondence). Finally he
oversaw the extremely long process of sub-editing through to eventual
publication and created the supporting website.
sketched the map of Gareth’s final journey into Inner Mongolia. Miss
Bronson Ward gave me infinite encouragement and reassurance. Dr Alun R.
Jones (a distant relative of Gareth’s) gave me my first constructive sub-edit
and later checked the final proofs including the Welsh spelling. Dr
Richard Sims and Tristram Hicks have advised me on the ‘Historical
Background’. Sarah Honeychurch in the main but also Richard Surrey,
Christine Walters and Dr Alistair Strang, who have edited the transcript for
improved readability. Dr Dennis Witcombe and the Welsh Book Council for
their constructive editorial direction. Sheila Sellars who originally
deciphered Gareth’s handwriting and transcribed his original diaries.
My son Philip
investigated the murder in China and Japan, and my sons Graham and Richard and
their families have shown great interest. My Chinese friends have also
given me encouragement.
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