" Asheg's romp through China as a stunned yet charmed English teacher jangles the senses and seduces the palate. The
often blind-sided adventures of this Australian outsider
poet and publisher in almighty China make funny and fascinating reading"
"Funny and self-critical, this autobiographical tale of Asheg Brom's experiences as an English teacher in China from 2006-2015 made me laugh, cry and learn. Relevant to unfolding political questions, Brom's insights are invaluable for readers who have not set foot in China yet wish to better understand the complexities of international relations in contemporary times. Through a fine balance of the personal and political, the emotive and analytical, this engaging and utterly readable narrative offers something the mainstream media simply can't. Beyond political and historical questions, it is a gorgeous new work of life-writing regarding an almost-decade of love, death, growth, pain, discovery and the many mad things we humans do. As such, it offers an exciting contribution to the emerging field of autofiction in English. I would say something along the lines of that I can't recommend it highly enough, except that all such phrases are hackneyed and don't do justice to the sparkle of this writing. So in lieu of the right words from my own pen, I will steal some Hunter S Thompson, quoted in the work itself: buy the ticket, take the ride. You won't regret it"
- Dr Amelia Walker, Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of South Australia
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