Alec Ash


To say hello or for writing commission, please drop me a line: alec[at] I try to respond to email promptly but please forgive me if otherwise.

I am represented by Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbit (London office): RCarter[at]

For publicity queries about Wish Lanterns, please email Philippa McEwan at Picador: P.McEwan[at] or Brianna Scharfenberg at Arcade for the US edition: bscharfenberg[at]

For speaking engagements, I am represented by Sage and Chartwell but please write to me in the first instance.

For links, very tiny thoughts and news of what I'm up to, follow me on Twitter.

I live in Beijing, visit Hong Kong quite regularly and London occasionally.


Selected as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

"Compelling and beautifully written" – Prospect

"One of the best I have read" – FT

"Fascinating and insightful"
Paul French

"A talented young observer of today’s China"
Peter Hessler