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  • Guo's humour is bracingly ironic and tinderbox dry

    The Times
  • A fast moving, barbed polemic...a sharp little book in which the legacy of the Cultural Revolution shimmers and festers... A writer to read, a writer who makes every word count

    Irish Times
  • A breath of the freshest air imaginable. She cuts through the smog of hype and platitude

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • Sprightly... the comedy is neatly poised... a damning portrait of totalitarian China

    Scotland on Sunday
  • The novel resonates in revelations of loss and pain


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