Jung Chang is the author of the award-winning bestseller Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China which has sold over 13 million copies to date. Wild Swans won the 1992 NCR Book Award (the forerunner of the Samuel Johnson Prize) the British Book of the Year for 1993 and was voted number 11 in Waterstones’ Books of the Twentieth Century poll. It is widely considered to be the biggest selling non-fiction paperback in recent history and has gone on to be translated into 37 languages – a bestseller everywhere apart from mainland China, where Chang’s books remain banned. Jung Chang is also the author of Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday) and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China which was a New York Times “notable book.” She has won many awards and has received a number of honorary doctorates from universities in the UK and USA. She is also an Honorary Fellow of SOAS University of London.
Jung Chang’s latest book, published in October, is Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister, telling the story of the influential Soong sisters, three women who in their different ways shaped the course of modern Chinese history.