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'When I finished reading - I felt my soul had been altered' Amy Tan
Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958 and was a successful journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives, The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian; appeared frequently on radio and TV and has published the acclaimed Sky Burial; the novel Miss Chopsticks; the groundbreaking book of oral history China Witness; a book of her Guardian columns called What the Chinese Don't Eat and Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, about mothers and their lost daughters. She lives in London but travels regularly to China.
"These are stories that must be read" * Amy Tan * "This is a book from deep in the heart of China. As shocking as it is revealing... An extraordinary and eye-opening read" * Jon Snow * "Xinran's "Good Women of China" are all strong, strikingly resourceful characters who offer unforgettable insights into the past and present of Chinese women's lives" * The Times * "The Good Women of China demands attention" * Observer * "[Xinran] writes compassionately but unsentimentally, dramatising the stories like gripping fiction" * Daily Mail *