Reviews & Other nice things
"It is revealing in its exploration of cultural and generational conflicts and moving in its optimism."
Review of The Life of a Banana in The Guardian
"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
Ben Chu worked as chief leader writer for The Independent newspaper before becoming Economics Editor. He is also the author of Chinese Whispers.
'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
David Henry Hwang is the Tony Award -winning author of M Butterfly .The New Yorker described him as 'The most successful Chinese-American playwright this country has produced.'
'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.