Xiaolu Guo is a British-Chinese novelist, filmmaker and essayist. Born in China in 1973, She was raised in a village in Zhejiang province before moving to a communist compound in Wenling. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy and moved to London in 2002 to study at the National Film School. Her first English-language novel, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Her films have also been critically acclaimed, including garnering nominations at the Sundance Film Festival and the Locarno International Film Festival.