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, Foreign Policy and elsewhere. I also run a writers' colony, 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.