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Linda Jaivin


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Linda Jaivin is the author of five bestselling novels, including A Most Immoral Woman and the cult classic Eat Me. She’s also a renowned Chinese–English translator, and an essayist and journalist with unique insights into Chinese politics and culture.

The Empress Lover, Jaivin’s latest novel, intersperses the true story of Sir Edmund Backhouse – an eccentric baronet, sinologist, arms salesman and fantasist – with the fictional life of Linnie, an Australian translator living in contemporary Beijing. In a work that contrasts the breezy observations of an expatriate with the darker perspectives of a local, Jaivin interrogates her longstanding relationship with China and explores how the nation has evolved over the post-Tiananmen period.

With host Toni Jordan, Jaivin will discuss the book, her unique perspectives working as a translator, and her other recent project: Beijing, a portrait of the city’s unique personalities and fascinating history.

Arrive 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.


Linda Jaivin

Linda Jaivin is the author of the international bestselling novel Eat Me – a kind of Sex and the Sydney before there was Sex and the City – as well as six other works of fiction, many of which have been published internationally, and four critically acclaimed works of non-fiction,... Read more

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan is the author of six novels including the international best-seller Addition, Nine Days, which was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016), which was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and for the Voss Literary Award. Toni ho... Read more



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