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Meet the Author: Jonathan Fenby - ‘Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today’

Meet the Author
Thursday 11 February 2016

'Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today’ is a Financial Times, Guardian and Bloomberg Business Week Book of the Year. On 11th February 2016 you can ‘Meet the Author’ and find out why.

This invaluable book gives the reader a thorough overview of China, embracing its complexity and approaching it from many angles.

The author is extremely well versed in the political, economic, social, regional, and demographic factors that shape China.

In this talk he will focus on the politics of the Chinese economy, discussing the interaction between politics and the economy and how policy affects the country's growth and development.

Jonathan Fenby has had a long and successful career, during which he has kept a close and critical eye on developments in China. Whether your interests lie in China, journalism, or writing and books in general, this event will provide plenty of food for thought.

Register now and tell us you are coming! We would also love to hear your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. Have you read the book? Are you planning to? What questions would you like to ask Jonathan? Get in touch!


This is a snapshot of where the nation is today and a quick-fire analysis of what’s next. Any businessman heading for China will find the book a great briefing. Sunday Times

As a one-stop guide to political and economic realities in China today, Tiger Head, Snake Tails is fast-moving, informed and illuminating.  Guardian


About the Author

Jonathan Fenby is a British writer, journalist and analyst. He has a wealth of experience as a writer and commentator on China since going to Hong Kong to edit the South China Morning Post from 1995-2000. He was previously chief correspondent in France for both Reuters and The Economist, Assistant Editor of The Independent, Deputy Editor of the Guardian and Editor of the Observer.

Jonathan is the author of sixteen books, eight of them on China. His History of Modern China was chosen as a book of the year by The Economist and Financial Times, and Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today was similarly named by several newspapers. He broadcasts frequently on CNBC, BBC, CNN and Bloomberg among other broadcast media, and lectures on contemporary China in the UK, US, Europe and East Asia. He has a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from New College at University of Oxford and is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

A co-founder of Trusted Sources research service, Jonathan has headed the four–person China country team since 2006. His specialist area is policy interpretation, politics and the broader political economy together with China’s external relations.

About Meet the Authors

We regularly invite authors whose books have a China connection to come and speak at the University for our Meet the Authors series. A diverse range of authors have appeared to discuss both fiction and non-fiction books covering business, culture, history and more.