Alec Ash


To say hello or for writing commission, please drop me a line: alec[at]

For pitches to the LARB China Channel, you can reach me at the email above, or at larbchinachannel[at]

For literary matters, I am represented by Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbit (London): rcarter[at]

For publicity queries about Wish Lanterns, please email Philippa McEwan at Picador: p.mcewan[at] or Caitlin Thomas at Arcade for the American edition: cthomas[at]

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

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

I live in Beijing, visit Hong Kong quite regularly and London less than I would like.


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