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'A masterly, learned, entertaining, kind and endlessly fascinating panorama of life in 21st-century China.' Jan Morris

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A very accessible, often laugh-out-loud funny, always illuminating trip around one of the most fascinating countries in the world

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Peter Hessler is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007 and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Book Prize, and Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for Excellence in reporting.


* Modern China has seldom been better explained than by Peter Hessler in this imaginative and illuminating book, one that gives us a steering wheel-up view of the country's giddying economic and social transformation. -- Tim Butcher, author of Blood River * Funny and brilliantly written. I have not read anything quite like it before on China. -- Chris Patten * A masterly, learned, entertaining, kind and endlessly fascinating panorama of life in 21st-century China. -- Jan Morris * An extraordinary, genre-defying book ...Beautifully constructed ... Hessler's reportage is vivid. Daily Telegraph on Oracle Bones * Highly entertaining, hugely informative. Good Book Guide * [Hessler] has a sensitive eye for the sort of detail that can bring his account vividly alive even to those of us who have never been near the Far East, as well as an easy conversational style that almost makes you feel you have met him yourself. -- Nicholas Bagnall Sunday Telegraph * [Hessler] is very entertaining...he is engaged without being patronising, and offers insights into a country undergoing phenomenal change. -- Judith Rice Guardian * Impressively researched. ... [Hessler] writes with the authority of experience [yet] retains a delighted and delightful wonder. -- Laura Silverman Daily Mail

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