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4 September 2014
LSE Alumni Feature
PP Wong studied Anthropology & Law at The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).
She is delighted that she has been selected to be featured on the LSE Alumni website. Read the interview with PP Wong here.
1 September 2014
Hive Selects PP Wong as one of their RISING WRITERS!
PP Wong has been selected as one of Hive's Rising Writers!
Hive.co.uk is a popular website that is passionate about supporting independent book stores and discovering new, talented authors. So it is an honour that they have chosen PP Wong as one of their rising writers.
28 August 2014
PP Wong interviewed with No. 1 British Chinese magazine
"We cannot sugar coat the prejudices in our society, but at the same time we cannot give up hope that real tangible change can happen. The great change makers in history never gave up despite the odds. They ignored society’s opinions – people telling them that change would never happen."
Don't miss PP Wong's heartfelt interview with Neehao Magazine
14 August 2014
PP Wong to be interviewed on BBC Radio 4 - Recording on 4 September 2014 (Air date TBC)
PP Wong will sharing her journey as an author and chatting about The Life of a Banana on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour
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.
Don't miss PP Wong's interview with Radio 4 as she tackles the themes covered in her book and shares her experiences of being the first British born Chinese novelist.
15 July 2014
Tony Award winner endorses The Life of a Banana
David Henry Hwang is the Tony Award -winning author of M Butterfly .The New Yorker described the talented writer as 'The most successful Chinese-American playwright this country has produced.'
'"Impeccably observed, often hilarious, and deeply moving, The Life of a Banana is a pitch-perfect coming of age story for the 21st century. PP Wong captures the joys, contradictions and costs of 'ethnic' life in a rapidly-transforming Britain, with a striking new literary voice both fresh and wise.'
11 July 2014
A "Lord" endorses The Life of a Banana
Lord Wei is the first British born Chinese member of The House of Lords. He is a successful social entrepreneur who takes an interest in British Chinese community issues, particularly in social reform.
'PP Wong's delightful novel highlights in a hilarious manner the challenges and joys of growing up as a Chinese in Britain, and brought back happy memories of Sue Townsend's Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. I highly recommend it to both those who know what this is like first-hand, as well as the many who are curious and interested in the lives of the Chinese diaspora, and indeed everyone else looking to read a novel that will entertain and enlighten in equal measure!'
10 July 2014
The final cover of The Life of a Banana is ready!
30 June 2014
Venue confirmed for the official book launch of The Life of a Banana
'After sourcing countless venues, my publisher Legend Press has confirmed that my UK Book launch will be hosted by the wonderful Daunt Books! Daunt Books is one of London's leading book stores and the interiors have so much history and class . Stepping into their bookstores is like walking into a museum of books from the past. I'm already excited!'
3 July 2014
Economics Editor of The Independent endorses The Life of a Banana
Ben Chu worked as chief leader writer for The Independent newspaper before attaining the prestigious role as Economics Editor. He is also the author of the insightful book Chinese Whispers.
PP Wong has blazed a trail for future British Chinese novelists. The Life of a Banana is bursting with original and exciting flavours.
6 December 2013
Interview with British Chinese Magazine Neehao
' 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.'
6 November 2013
Article in The Journalist about PP Wong
UK Publisher signs up "Banana" novel, reputed to be the first by a British-born Chinese
4 November 2013
AsAm News talks about PP Wong's article about racism in the publishing industry
'Many of the books by Asian authors that do get published seem to be about Chinese women and their very "exotic" sex lives, mystical folk stories, kung fu kicking monkeys or that old yarn of surviving the horrors of communism. If characters do not fall into this westernized viewpoint of what is typically "Asian," they [the publishers] are unsure whether the book will sell.'
Read PP Wong's articles on Huffington Post
23 October 2013
The Life of a Banana press release to the UK book industry
Lauren Parsons, Commissioning Editor of Legend Press comments: 'We are delighted to have signed up
PP Wong's fascinating and hard-hitting novel, which offers a unique insight into the struggles many British Chinese people face in our country today.'
Agent Lorella Belli, who is selling US and translation rights, added: 'PP Wong has written a witty insightful and touching story, dealing with topical issues and creating a wonderful cast of characters. Legend Press will be a great home for this quirky and unconventional debut and its very talented author.'
8 October 2013
The Life of a Banana acquired by Legend Press
'We are delighted to acquire UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada and South East Asia) for The Life of a Banana, the debut novel by PP Wong. The novel, represented by Lorella Belli from the Lorella Belli Literary Agency, is an intensely intimate, compelling and original story about the life of a British born Chinese girl growing up in London and the prejudice and isolation she faces.' Legend Press
Full details about Legend Press' announcement about The Life of a Banana