Xiaolu Guo is a novelist, essayist and filmmaker.

Her novels include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction), Village of Stone, and I Am China. Her memoir Once Upon A Time In The East was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award, the Folio Prize and the Costa Award, and won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2017.

She was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. She has also directed several feature films, including How Is Your Fish TodayUFO In Her Eyes and She, A Chinese. Her documentaries include Five Men and A Caravaggio, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2018. She teaches creative writing in London and filmmaking in Berlin.