Interviews & Features
"La vita secondo Banana può far riflettere e nella riflessione intima e silenziosa che tutti noi siamo chiamati a compiere è indispensabile comprendere che non deve esistere alcuna forma di giudizio o di condanna nei confronti di chi appare diverso, ma si deve utilizzare una forma di tolleranza e di accoglienza piene, prive di qualsiasi pregiudizio, che ci rendano più umani..."
"The Life of a Banana can make people think in intimate and silent reflection. What we are all called to do is essentially understand that there must not be any form of judgment or condemnation of those who look different. We need tolerance and full acceptance without any prejudice, which makes us more human..."
"PP Wong opens up about racial bullying, tiger mums and her debut novel - all part of growing up within the British-born Chinese community."
"นักเขียนชาวจีนสัญชาติอังกฤษ พีพี หว่อง (PP Wong) เจ้าของผลงาน The Life of a Banana บรรณาธิการของ Banana Writers ปัจจุบันพำนักอยู่สิงคโปร์ แนะนำ 5 เคล็ดลับเพื่อเอาชนะการถูกปฏิเสธจากสำนักพิมพ์และการเหยียดเชื้อชาติในระบบอุตสาหกรรมหนังสือ"
“Humour is most important in dark times because you’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself, and at any negative things that happen, to be able to move on”
BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour is a popular radio show that has close to 3.9 million daily listeners. The show has reports, interviews and debates on health, education, cultural and political topics.
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction: Strong longlist includes Anne Tyler, Sarah Waters, Ali Smith and PP Wong
The prize celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world”.
"The Baileys award is 'leading the way' in recognising new voices"
"Yes, Writer’s Block is my bookish bespectacled mugger waiting round the corner to steal my words ready to strike at any time.
If you are stuck on a scene, I’ve found the best way to overcome it is to start working on a different scene or lock yourself in a room and tell yourself that you cannot leave unless you write X number of words. It helps when you have drunk vast quantities of water before you’ve entered the room. Desperate measures are sometimes the most successful."
BBC World Service News, UK
The BBC World Service is the world's largest international broadcaster - broadcasting news, speech and discussions in 28 languages to many parts of the world.
Who is your favourite female book character/heroine and why?
I adore the feisty, redhead Anne from Anne of Green Gables. She started out as an underdog – an orphan who nobody wanted. But then she evolved into a strong, resilient woman who was unashamed about achieving her dreams despite what anyone told her.
"You cannot let your personal agenda or strong viewpoints distract from good characters and an imaginative story. If people want ranting viewpoints they can go and listen to the people at Speaker’s Corner."
"RTHK Radio 3 is proud to present The Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2015. This year we will talk to famous writers globally and locally to discuss their work and writing. And we will also attend their events and bring you the highlights. Don’t miss it!"
The Straits Times is an English-language daily broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore .
"I hope the book will open doors for more Asian writers in the UK, that they can write what's in their hearts."
"Hive are very passionate about all kinds of books and especially passionate about discovering new authors and having the opportunity to share them with you."
PP Wong has been selected as one of the rising writers for Hive.co.uk
Hive.co.uk is a popular book retailer that supports independent book stores,
"Writing has always been part of my life. I wrote my first book aged five and called it “Jill and The Thing”. It was about a little girl and an imaginary best friend who was a shy monster. This was followed by my little sequel “How to Look After Snails. Though my snail keeping was cut short when my Dad stepped on my prized snail!"
Chinese Cultural Group Merton releases a quarterly magazine that champions Chinese people in the area. Edited by Helen Marti, the magazine helps empower the British Chinese community and give them a fun platform that they can call their own.
"The Life of a Banana covers identity issues that many British Chinese people go through, and brings to light important subjects such as racial bullying and mental illness. These are all topics that are very close to my heart. When I write, I have to be passionate about the topic. If not, I don’t see the point of carrying on."
PP Wong studied Anthropology and Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
She has been selected as for the "LSE Alumni Spotlight" and will also be featured in the Autumn print magazine.
UK Publisher signs up "Banana" novel, reputed to be the first by a British-born Chinese
'"I always felt there were too few books being published in the western world by Chinese authors. Yet so many Chinese writers had wonderful stories to tell. I thought to myself, I can either moan about the state of the world and society or I can do something about it."
In this interview PP Wong talks about prejudices in the publishing industry and how she started website bananawriters.com