Ling Wang was born into the turbulence of 1950s China, her youth spent in the shadow of Mao's political campaigns. Her family endured persecution and forced labour camps while Ling herself battled chronic illness. But these hardships only steeled her fiery sense of justice, fuelling her determination to become a judge.
Through resolute hard work she succeeded at the age of just 27, only to find herself resented by some male colleagues. Her conviction that everyone was equal before the law put her frequently at odds with her superiors. And in going against the belief that real women had a husband and family, not a career, she seemed set to remain single for life. Until something remarkable happened . . .
As well as being the inspirational story of Ling's life, 'Grass Fortune' also gives a unique insight into the workings of Chinese justice.