Lijia Zhang, a former rocket factory worker, is a writer based in London. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and Newsweek, and she has been interviewed on CNN, NPR and the BBC. Her book Socialism is Great!: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China has been published in more than nine countries. Her debut novel Lotus, has recieived raving reviews and was featured by BBC's World Book Club. She earned a master’s degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a fellowship in the International Writer’s Program at the University of Iowa.