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During the Cultural Revolution Jan Wong studied in Beijing and reported a fellow student to the authorities. Over thirty years later, she returned to China to find out what happened to the woman she betrayed. Chinese Whispers tells her remarkable story. 'Wong points the way for the future of travel writing.' Book of the Week, The Times

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Jan Wong is a third-generation Canadian, born and raised in Montreal. She was the acclaimed Toronto Globe and Mail's Beijing correspondent for the from 1988 to 1994. A graduate of McGill University, Beijing University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, her first book, Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now, was named one of Time magazine's top ten books of 1996. She lives in Toronto.


"'Wong is a beautiful writer. Her gift is both to greet the country with enthusiasm and curiosity but also to interrogate the back story. Her tale of trying to find Yin is not just the story of a search for an old acquaintance, but also an insight into how China is dealing with its own past... Gripping and entertaining.' Rosie Blau, Financial Times 'Funny and irreverent... The candid, beguiling style is hugely entertaining' Conor O'Clery, Irish Times" 'A witty, clever and knowingly light-hearted take on betrayal and redemption; a feel good penance.' Daily Mail

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