Geling Yan is an award-winning Chinese novelist and screenwriter. Born in Shanghai in 1959, Yan served with the People’s Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution, starting aged twelve as a dancer in an entertainment troupe. She published her first novel in 1985 and has now written over twenty books and has won thirty awards. Her works have been translated into twelve languages, several have been adapted for film, the latest being The Flowers of War, filmed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou and starring Christian Bale. Her new novel, Little Aunt Crane, will be published in the UK by Harvill Secker in November 2015.