Reading list...


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Lonely Planet: China

My China bible.
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River Town: two Years on the Yangtze
Peter Hessler

An account of his two years with the Peace Corps teaching in a small town on the Yangtze
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China Witness
Xinran

Personal histories of the Chinese elderly - recording their memories through interviews before they are forgotten and lost
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Sky Burial
Xinran

True story of love spanning across the culture and mountains of China and Tibet
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China through Sliding Doors
John Gittings

A history of China as seen through the eyes of the Guardian's correspondent
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Brothers
Yu Hua

Hilarious yet heart-renching - an account of two brothers' lives by the Chinese John Irving. Some of the best fiction I've read in a long time.
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To Live
Yu Hua

Another story by my newest favourite Chinese author. Banned in China until recently, it documents an old man's life through the war, transition to communism, Cultural revolution to modern day.
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Kowloon Tong
Paul Theroux

A novel set in 1996 about the impact of the impending return of Hong Kong to China on Brits living there in 1996. Good, but I prefer his non-fiction.
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Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck

A thought-provoking tale of change in China through the eyes of a farmer
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Death of a Red Heroine
Qiu XiaoLong

Billing this book as a crime novel is totally off the mark. It's a clever, political novel about modern China.