Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her most recent novel, I Am China, was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Her last book, the memoir Nine Continents won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese and a documentary about London, Late at Night. She was an inaugural fellow at the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination in Paris and is currently a visiting professor and Writer-in-Residence at Columbia University in New York City. Xiaolu is based in London and Berlin with her partner and daughter.