Daunt Books Festival 2019

The Promise – Love and loss in Modern China

Xinran talks to Paul French


Thursday 14th March 2019 at 1:30pm  |  Daunt Books Marylebone


Tickets are £7 including mini sausage rolls provided by The Ginger Pig.

Xinran’s acclaimed body of work, encompassing 30 years and hundreds of interviews, has established her as the finest chronicler of Chinese women’s lives. Her new work The Promise focuses on the moving stories of six women from four generations of the Han family, and how much has changed in their differing understanding of sex, emotions and love. In their own words, the life of the heart shines through the generations against a vivid backdrop of war, political turmoil and hardship.

Chatting to Xinran we welcome historian Paul French, whose evocative and gripping accounts of 1930s Peking and Shanghai have delighted readers in his bestselling books Midnight in Peking and City of Devils.


This event is part of the Daunt Books Festival 2019.
The event will start at 
13:30 and end at approximately 14:30.

Can’t make the talk?
You can buy a signed copy of Xinran’s The Promise here.
Please note, these will only be sent out once the talk has taken place.

Event Details

Thursday 14th March at 1:30pm
Event takes place at Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW.
Please collect your tickets at the venue.