by PP Wong Read profile


Published 1st September 2014


Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana – yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and Hollywood actress Auntie Mei. Her only friend is Jay - a mixed raced Jamaican boy with a passion for classical music.

Then Xing Li’s life takes an even harsher turn: the school bullying escalates and her uncle requests she assist him in an unthinkable favour. Her happy childhood becomes a distant memory as her new life is infiltrated with the harsh reality of being an ethnic minority.

Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means to be both Chinese and British.

‘PP Wong has blazed a trail for future British Chinese novelists. The Life of a Banana is bursting with original and exciting flavours.’ -- Ben Chu, The Independent

‘Impeccably observed, often hilarious, and deeply moving... pitch-perfect.’ -- David Henry Hwang, Tony Award-winning writer

‘PP Wong’s delightful novel highlights in a hilarious manner the challenges and joys of growing up as a Chinese in Britain, and brought back happy memories of Sue Townsend’s Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.’ -- Lord Wei

'I was completely hooked!' -- The Book Bag

'I know we are barely halfway through the year but I'm calling it: best book of 2014.' -- Love is a State of Mind

'I adore this book. The plot is excellent.' -- Books to Keep You Up At Night