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Asia does not enjoy talking about herself in the third person but she understands it’s expected for author bios. Asia studied Anthropology at Durham University, and despite people fearmongering that a random degree would mean she’d never get a job, she managed to start a career in television. But had to move to China to do it.
She presented and produced lifestyle programmes in Shanghai, went out a lot and failed to improve her Mandarin. Returning to London she worked for (name drop) Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as Project Manager on their round the world motorbike documentaries – her fleeting appearances on screen wearing headbands and earnestly discussing visas continue to be a source of great enjoyment for her friends. Asia started writing ‘Killing It’ on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it. ‘Killing It’ was the First Runner Up in Richard and Judy’s Search for a Bestseller competition and First Runner Up for the CWIP prize. Her second book ‘The Nursery’ is out now.
Asia lives in London with her husband, four young children and two dogs – she never succeeds in calling any of them by the right name. She is always very very tired.
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