A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

About the book

Twenty-three-year-old Zhuang (or Z as she calls herself – Westerners cannot pronounce her name) arrives in London to spend a year learning English. Struggling to find her way in the city, and through the puzzles of tense, verb and adverb; she falls for an older Englishman and begins to realise that the landscape of love is an even trickier terrain…
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2007 and Xiaolu Guo was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013.

Reviewed by Jane & Nick’s Fleet Library Reading Group:

Original. Provoked lively discussion. Quite touching. Rather ‘sexy’ in places.

Star rating: ***

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  1. Review by Copythorne WI Reading Group
    An interesting, sometimes funny, cleverly written book. some found it quite sad whilst a few found the sexual descriptions too graphic. We want to know what “Z” did next!
    Rating: ***

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