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W&N Current Affairs HB October £20.00 288pp 978 0 297 86844 6 ebook: £20.00 978 0 297 86846 0

BEN CHU Chinese Whispers Why Everything You’ve Heard About China is Wrong

An iconoclastic portrait of modern China and a counterblast to Western assumptions. Ben Chu identifies and deconstructs eight common myths – or ‘whispers’ – that continue to hold sway about China. The idea that the Chinese have an inexhaustible appetite for work, for instance, or that Chinese parents bully their children into success. At the heart of the book is a challenge to the biggest myth of all: that it is only a matter of time before China rules the world. The West’s relationship with China will help to define the twenty-first century; it is time for us to stop listening to the Chinese Whispers. Ben Chu is the Economics Editor of The Independent. He was born and brought up in Manchester and studied Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford. His father’s family fled Mao Zedong’s China for Britain in 1960. Chinese Whispers is his first book.

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Location: London Available for Interview @BenChu

W&N Non-Fiction • October 2013/January 2014

W&N History/World Affairs HB January 2014 £25.00 400pp 978 0 297 86882 8 ebook: £25.00 978 0 297 86883 5

RORY MACLEAN Berlin: City of the Imagination A bold and imaginative history of one of the world’s greatest cities. The German capital resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realised and evils executed. The fount of both the brightest and darkest designs of history’s bloodiest century, the most arrogant capital of Europe devastated by Allied bombs, divided by a Wall, then reunited and reborn as one of the creative centres of the world. Through a series of intimate portraits of some of its key residents over five centuries, from Schinkel to Goebbels to David Bowie, Rory MacLean weaves together a rich, interconnected, energetic history of this volatile city. Rory MacLean has known three Berlins: West Berlin, where he made movies with David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich; East Berlin, where he researched his first bestseller Stalin’s Nose; and the unified capital where he lives and works today. He is the author of eight highly acclaimed books. He has won awards from the Canada Council and the Arts Council of England as well as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize.

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Location: Berlin and Dorset Available for Interview