Blogs in January 2020

Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth 29th January 2020

From the author of the 2007 Orange Prize finalist A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers comes a wholly original and thoroughly captivating coming-of-age story that follows a bright, impassioned young woman as she rushes headlong into the maelstrom of...

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I am China 10th March 2015

In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling empty and bare. Nothing is in my soul, apart from...

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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers 1st January 1970

A young Chinese woman comes to London to learn English, and learns about love, men, Europe and living amongst the British. She falls for a quasi hippie and the fact it is written in a stilted English adds to...

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