One of the world’s bestselling authors whose stories could be read as allegories for the tyranny of the communist regime in China
The author Louis Cha, who has died aged 94, began writing fiction in order to fill pages in a Hong Kong newspaper. Serial publication had been a path to success for a handful of writers before him, but he can have had little inkling of the impact his stories would make.
Under the pen name Jin Yong, Cha became one of the bestselling authors in the world. His tales of itinerant martial artists battling evil overlords in the turbulent years of Song dynasty China were the apotheosis of the genre known in Chinese as wuxia: the world of kung fu chivalry.