Sue Cheung

Chinglish - The Diverse Book Award Event

Online Event
Online event
Wed 29 Sep
19:00 UK
Free, ticketed

This is an online event and will be streamed on our website. Online access is free but please consider paying what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

A story of tragedy, abuse, neglect and hope, both hilarious and heartbreaking. In partnership with our friends at the Diverse Book Awards. 

Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents' Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough – whether it's unruly customers or the snotty popular girls who bully Jo for being different. Even when she does find a BFF who actually likes Jo for herself, she still has to contend with her erratic dad's behaviour. All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artist.

Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo's brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.

Reviews

“The diary format is an ideal way for Cheung to allow us intimate access to Jo’s life and allows the inclusion of her doodle illustrations, which add verve and character” – BookTrust

“5 stars. A rare gem … a first-class book“– Telegraph

About the Diverse Book Awards: There are many book awards but very few that purely promote diversity - and we believe that diversity is something to celebrate! The Diverse Book Awards are open to anyone based in the UK who has written a fiction book for any audience.


Chinglish is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop  HERE

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