A grand story of love, loss, lyalty and survival. SKY BURIAL paints a unique portrait of a woman and a land, both at the mercy of fate and politics.
Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958 and was a successful journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives, The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian; appeared frequently on radio and TV and has published the acclaimed Sky Burial; the novel Miss Chopsticks; the groundbreaking book of oral history China Witness; a book of her Guardian columns called What the Chinese Don't Eat and Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, about mothers and their lost daughters. She lives in London but travels regularly to China.
"A romantic epic of loss and redemption, of stoic constancy in the face of the vagaries of fate" Financial Times "Part family story, part mystical adventure in an alien culture, it's like Wild Swans crossed with Seven Years in Tibet" Conde Nast Traveller "This little-known culture has been brought vividly to life through the incredible love story of Shu Wen. This story of an extraordinary woman written by an extraordinary woman will stay with you long after closing the book" Sunday Times