Julia Lovell teaches modern Chinese history at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of The Opium War: Drugs, Drama And The Making Of China, The Great Wall: China Against the World and The Politics of Cultural Capital: Chinas Quest for a Nobel Prize in Literature and writes on China for the Guardian, Independent and The Times Literary Supplement. Her many translations of modern Chinese fiction include, most recently, Lu Xuns The Real Story of Ah-Q, and Other Tales of China.
We're delighted that Julia Lovell has won this year’s Jan Michalski Prize, a multicultural literary award set up to contribute to a wider recognition of the writers. Her book The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China is a comprehensive and compelling account of the ...