Life after Tiananmen Square - With Madeleine Thien

Friday 26 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
11.15am - 12.15pm
£8 / £80 weekend ticket

What comes next after a major political upheaval? From Man Booker-shortlisted writer Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a gripping evocation of one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy. In Do Not Say We Have Nothing, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home; a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests.

Written with exquisite intimacy, wit and moral complexity, Do Not Say We Have Nothing brings to life the persuasive power of revolution and its effects on personal and national identity. It is an unforgettable meditation on Chinese history and its continuing impact on generations today.

‘A moving and extraordinary evocation of the 20th-century tragedy of China’ – Isabel Hilton, The Guardian

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About Madeleine Thien

*2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction longlisted*

*2016 Man Booker shortlisted*

Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes (2001) and the novels Certainty and Dogs at the Perimeter, which was shortlisted for Berlin’s 2014 International Literary Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 LiBeraturpreis. Her books and stories have been translated into 23 languages. Her essays have appears in Granta, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Five Dials, and Brick, and her story ‘The Wedding Cake’ was shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFT Short Story Award. The daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, she lives in Montreal. Website

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien review – China’s 20th-century tragedy (Guardian, July 2016)