Reviews & Other nice things
"It is revealing in its exploration of cultural and generational conflicts and moving in its optimism."
"Life Of A Banana is so refreshingly distinct. Read it, and you will soon find yourself wanting more."
4* review and selected as "focus book" of the month for Marie Claire, Italy
Un esordio cinese in Inghilterra. È il fenomeno P.P. Wong.
"The Life Of A Banana is an engaging read."
"Wong has created a real barnstormer of a novel that deserves to be on several of the 2014/15 awards lists. It’s definitely getting a place in my Top Ten."
"As a first novel this is an accomplished piece of writing and I can heartily recommend it. I look forward to hearing much more from PP Wong."
Note: Review contains some spoilers.
"There are good books, there are very good books and then there are the sort of books for which you have an all-consuming love for, that resonates with you so much you feel like it was written for you"
'PP Wong has blazed a trail for future British Chinese novelists. The Life of a Banana is bursting with original and exciting flavours.'
Ben Chu, The Independent
'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.'
David Henry Hwang
'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!'
Lord Nathaniel 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.