The author of The Good Women of China offers a collection of her popular columns from The Guardian. She covers a vast range of intriguing topics - such as overcoming her cultural inhibitions about kissing, why socks were once a status symbol in rural China, and reluctance to embrace Christmas (which in Chinese sounds like ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂVictorious Idiot FestivalÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ). First published 2006.
Xinran's popular Guardian columns collected together for the first time
Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958 and was a successful journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives, The Good Women of China, which has become an international bestseller. Her most recent book is Sky Burial.