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Once Upon A Time in the East
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A Wild Swans for a new generation. A story of modern China and East to West from Granta Best Young British Novelist and Orange-shortlisted Xiaolu Guo

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Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her most recent novel, I Am China, was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese and a documentary about London, Late at Night. She lives in London and Berlin.

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"Stunning...This book will make your jaw drop, then clench in anger." -- Helen Brown * Telegraph * "Guo is rebellious, flamboyant and fundamentally optimistic...fascinating." -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday * "Riveting...Guo is an angrier, bolder, more ambitious figure than her forebears." * The Times * "Utterly compelling... She writes superbly about her struggle to escape the constraints of gender, poverty and state interference. This extraordinary memoir will enhance her burgeoning reputation." -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times * "Aside from the fast-paced plot, this is most interesting for its probing portrayal of Guo's ambivalent relationship with her homeland... An impressive feature of this moving and often exhilarating book is the brutality of her portrait of her parents." -- Lara Feigel * Financial Times *

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