Chinglish (Paperback)
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Chinglish (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages
Published: 05/09/2019
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Waterstones Says

Culture clash comedy relayed through a series of pin-sharp diary entries, Chinglish is a feel-good triumph. Warm, witty and boasting a plethora of memorable characters, Sue Cheung’s adorable debut about growing up Chinese in 1980s Coventry amuses and moves in equal measure.

As heard on Radio 4's Woman's Hour and BBC Breakfast

It is difficult trying to talk in our family cos:

a) Grandparents don't speak English at all

b) Mum hardly speaks any English

c) Me, Bonny and Simon hardly speak Chinese

d) Dad speaks Chinese and good English - but doesn't like talking

In other words, we all have to cobble together tiny bits of English and Chinese into a rubbish new language I call 'Chinglish'. It is very awkward.

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.

Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781783448395
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 305 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Sue Townsend-esque . . . really worth reading" - BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour

"A funny, sad, brilliantly doodled diary" - Guardian

"I loved it. It's hilarious, unexpectedly dark . . . has a very classic YA feel"

"A rare gem . . . a first-class book" - Telegraph, 5 stars

"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

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“Good read!”

I had the pleasure of meeting Sue Cheung when she popped in unexpectedly to Waterstones Durham to sign our stock.
So I obviously bought myself a signed copy, Sue was a lovely lady to meet so I really wanted this book... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 43

“Bittersweet”

Full of believably over-the-top characters and hilarious moments, but this book deals with some hard-hitting issues too.

Certainly a younger YA read, perfect for Jacqueline Wilson fans!

Paperback edition
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Louisa

“Inspiring”

This was pretty good. It's definitely more a younger end YA book than a novel for general consumption in it's writing style. It's about a Chinese family living in England and it's based on the... More

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