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  • Published: 31 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781407074627
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

UFO in Her Eyes

A tale of the unexpected from Orange Prize shortlisted Xiaolu Guo, also named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013.

Silver Hill Village, 2012. On the twentieth day of the seventh moon Kwok Yun is making her way across the rice fields on her Flying Pigeon bicycle. Her world is turned upside down when she sights a UFThing - a spinning plate in the sky - and helps the Westerner in distress whom she discovers in the shadow of the alien craft.

It's not long before the village is crawling with men from the National Security and Intelligence Agency armed with pointed questions. And when the Westerner that Kwok Yun saved repays her kindness with a large dollar cheque she becomes a local celebrity, albeit under constant surveillance...

  • Published: 31 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781407074627
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before moving to London in 2002. Her books include Village of Stone which was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and I Am China which was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Her recent memoir, Once Upon a Time in the East, won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, the Jhalak Prize and the Rathbones Folio Award 2018, and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year.

In 2013 Xiaolu was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She has directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese, and documentaries about China and Britain. She was a judge for the Booker Prize in 2019, and is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York.

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Praise for UFO in Her Eyes

Guo's humour is bracingly ironic and tinderbox dry

The Times

A fast moving, barbed polemic...a sharp little book in which the legacy of the Cultural Revolution shimmers and festers... A writer to read, a writer who makes every word count

Irish Times

A breath of the freshest air imaginable. She cuts through the smog of hype and platitude

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Sprightly... the comedy is neatly poised... a damning portrait of totalitarian China

Scotland on Sunday

The novel resonates in revelations of loss and pain


draws national intelligence...reality-like fiction

Christophe Chataigne, Socialist Review

An entertaining read with a distinctive voice - and her most ambitious work yet

Financial Times

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