Some of the scenes described actually turned me on. — Times Literary Supplement

About Linda

I’m an Australian writer, the author of eleven books (seven novels and four books of non-fiction including the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World). My most recent books are The Empress Lover, published in April 2014 and the non-fiction Beijing, about the city and its history, published in 2014 as well. I live in Sydney and am working on several new projects, including a new novel and a screenplay.

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Stop Press

Like so many Australians, I am disgusted at the racism that has been directed towards Indigenous AFL player and Australian of the Year Adam Goodes. He was and is right to call out racism where he sees it. His critics are wrong to paint themselves as the victims. I stand with Adam. You can too:

Upcoming Events

For folks down in Melbourne – I’ll be talking about my writing, China, and the challenges of writing across genres and forms at the lovely Montalto Vineyard in Red Hill on Friday 21 August. It’s one of the Wheeler Centre’s famous ‘Good Conversation Great Wine’ events; for more information and bookings, please go to

The Frenchman's Kiss

Taiwan, the late 1970s. There was a Frenchman. There was a kiss…


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