Nominated by:

The National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Publisher of nominated edition:

Mereo Books, UK

The Road to Shenzhen

Huang Guosheng      

In the early 1990s Zhou Haonan, a young man from the West Canton Province of China, moves to Shenzhen to advance his career. A dutiful, kind, brotherly and painstaking man and a devoted son to his aged mother, he works as an international businessman and a Sanda boxer, and even sells his blood over the 20 years he spends working to achieve his dream. Though he has many failures and setbacks, he always finds the strength to get back onto his feet and carry on. The story examines family relationships, love and friendship as well as humanitarian and commercial matters. An inspiring and touching novel.

The Road to Shenzhen is one of very few novels ever to be written in English by a Chinese author who has lived all his life in China.

About the author

Huang Guosheng, born in Maoming City, Guangdong Province, China in 1969, is a member of Guangdong Provincial Writers’ Association and the Translators’ Association of China. He is also an athlete and a member of the Shenzhen Sanda & Boxing Association. This novel, The Road to Shenzhen, won the 4th place in the China Novel Contest and was longlisted for the 9th Maodun Literary Prize. His English poems and stories were published and serialised in China’s Shenzhen Daily and the American magazine Brilliant Flash Fiction and he works as an international businessman and a bilingual Chinese-English writer in Shenzhen, China.

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