Author of a number of highly praised novels, Christopher New was born in England and educated at Oxford and Princeton Universities. A philosopher as well as a novelist, he is also the author of a book on the philosophy of literature. Having lived and taught many years in Asia, he is equally at home in East and West. His novels range from nuanced portrayals of lives lived during the rise and fall of the British empire in Asia and the middle east to the haunting story of an Aryan-Jewish family in Austria during the Third Reich.
His China Coast Trilogy (Shanghai, The Chinese Box, A Change of Flag) has been described as "the definitive account of the British presence in furthest Asia and a literary feat of the highest quality", while The Kaminsky Cure has been called "a brilliant book, a pure joy to read." His books have been translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.
"Among the best non-Asian writers currently writing in English about Asia" (Far Eastern Economic Review), Christopher New's latest novel, Chinese Spring, is set in Hong Kong and China during the demonstrations for democracy in 2012-14. ''There is a haunting quality to the novel, and it lingers in the memory long after [the] tale has ended.'' (The Herald)