Our Mandarin Code give-away is well underway. On Monday I asked you to nominate your favourite novels about modern China. This is for a chance to win a copy of the new political thriller The Mandarin Code, by Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann, a novel set in Canberra but immersed in today's debates about the rise of China.
So, here are your responses, first via Twitter:
In the comments, Joseph Dunn has suggested Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux, a book which depicts the author's travels through China in the 1980s. The commenter SH recommended all the works of Chinese novelist Lu Xun, and said 'his tone is sharp, sarcastic, yet full of humanity.' Finally, Mitch Clyne suggested Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong: 'This 2000 crime novel pits a Shanghai cop against some shady individuals who are part of the changing Chinese political system of the early 1990s'.
Via email, Markus writes: 'My favourite novel about modern China is not about modern China at all but about China at the end of the 'feudal' era. (In fact, I must confess I've only ever read two other novels about China, one set in the endless pre-modern dreamtime and the other in the Warlord Era.) It is my sincere belief, however misguided that might be, that this novel is an important key to understanding China today and for all time. It is The Good Earth by Pearl Buck.'
The Interpreter has four copies of The Mandarin Code to give away. For your chance to win, tell us your favourite novels about modern China using the comments section, Twitter, Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post responses on The Interpreter and get in touch with you if you're in our top four.