Alec Ash


Welcome to my corner of the web. I'm a writer and journalist living in Beijing, where I'm correspondent for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

My articles have been published in The Economist, Dissent, Prospect, The Spectator, BBC and elsewhere. I also run a writers blog, the Anthill.

My narrative profile of a young Tibetan featured in Chinese Characters, a book of reportage published by University of California Press in 2012.

I came to live in Beijing in 2008. I learnt Mandarin and wrote a (now archived) blog about Chinese youth. Now I am working on a book for Picador.

I studied English literature at Oxford, where I edited The Isis magazine and hitchiked to Morocco.

I previously ran literary interviews at Five Books, where I have interviewed over sixty authors including Ian McEwan and Paul Theroux.

Follow me on Twitter @alecash.