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In 2014, Fourth Estate HarperCollins published Linda Jaivin's
seventh novel, The Empress Lover, to critical acclaim.
Also in 2014, Reaktion Press
non-fiction Cityscopes guide to Beijing, titled Beijing.
first novel, the comic-erotic Eat Me, was a bestseller in Australia for seven months and was published in a dozen countries; as Mange Moi, it became a bestseller in France as well.
The Melbourne Age called Linda Jaivin's
third novel, Miles Walker, You're Dead 'rapier sharp' and the Bulletin said it was 'a treat not to be missed.' After that came the novella Dead Sexy, and then in 2006, the novel The Infernal Optimist, a dark comedy set in an immigration detention centre which the Sydney Morning Herald
labelled 'an Australian Catch-22' and which was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2007.
It was published by Fourth Estate (HarperCollins Australia) in March 2009; publisher Linda Funnell has written that 'This is the book Linda Jaivin was born to write - sexy, witty and surprising, encompassing her passion for China and her talent for the erotic.'
short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Alien Shores
(2012), The Penguin Book
of the Road (2008) and In Bed With, a collection of erotic tales by authors including Fay Weldon and Maggie Alderson, and also published by Penguin in 2008.
In 1992, Jaivin
co-edited the acclaimed anthology of translations from the Chinese, New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices with Geremie Barmé.
has translated chapters of Sang Ye's
China Candid and done the subtitles for such landmark Chinese films as Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine, Tian Zhuangzhuang's Blue Kite, Zhang Yimou's Heroand Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster.
Linda is a visiting fellow in the Pacific and Asian History Division, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and lives in Sydney.
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