In 1947, David and Isabel were invited to take part in the Land Reform of the Jin Ji Lu Yu liberated areas (Shanxi, Hebei, Shangdong and Henan provinces). Whilst there, they recorded eight months of fieldwork, took photos and wrote a thorough account of the the land reform process. Together they lived in the liberated villages, attended struggle meetings and gave advice on correct theories for land reform.
David and Isabel wrote Ten Mile Inn: North Traditional Village Life and Order which provides the full account of one of the first land reforms in China.
The British couple captured insight into the Land Reform process in China under the Communist Party. The records offer not only an insight into the 1940s era, but also recreates the struggles and movement toward eradicating the remaining feudal remains of China.