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Jung Chang: The history detective

Jung Chang, the bestselling author of Wild Swans, talks to Serena Kutchinsky about courting controversy, censorship and why she prefers writing about women

By Serena Kutchinsky  
Jung Chang is hopeful that hew new book might be published in China

Jung Chang is hopeful that hew new book might be published in China

Your new book, Empress Dowager Cixi, tells the story of an extraordinary woman who ruled China at the turn of the 20th century. What sparked your interest in her? I first encountered the Empress Dowager when I was researching Wild Swans in the early 90s, and then again when I was looking into Chairman Mao’s childhood for my biography of him. I realised…

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