Beijing Tai Tai: Life, Laughter and Motherhood in China

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A tai tai’ tale… When Tania McCartney discovered she’d be moving her husband, self and two kids under the age of five to China for four years, she was 95 per cent horrified. But what she never expected was to fall in love. Beijing seeped under her skin and grabbed hold of her heart…a love affair that inspired Beijing Tai Tai; a collection of shrewdly observed, heartfelt and humorous insights into Beijing expatriate life.

Intensely personal and at times a little controversial, it’s a rollercoaster ride of honesty and openness as a mother and wife (tai tai) juggles suburban family life in urban Beijing. Presented in a series of column-like snippets — on topics ranging from the consumption of bull testicles to the life-altering experience of walking the Great Wall — it talks of both the challenging lows and intense highs of expat life in a country on the brink of great change.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm / 9 ⅕  x 6 Inches | 260 Pages |

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Tania McCartney is an author of children’s books and adult nonfiction. She is an experienced magazine writer and editor, is the founder of respected literary site Kids Book Review and writes for several online websites. She has lived and worked in London, Paris and Beijing, and currently resides in Canberra with her husband, two kids and a mountain of books.

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Taiwanxifu 台灣媳婦 – April 9, 2014
“… it is a celebration of adapting to life in a new city, a big and ancient city, with all of its tribulations and (eventually) successes.  Actually, Tania’s account of life in Beijing is hilariously funny …” – To read full review click here


Susan Whelan, World Literatures Feature Writer, Suite 101
McCartney skilfully blends amusing anecdotes, personal family moments and the joys and frustrations of parenthood with glimpses of Beijing and China as seen through the eyes of an intelligent and insightful, well-travelled observer.”

Click here to see a video of Tania talking about Beijing Tai Tai (so you can sample her sense of humour we have left the outtakes in!). Media: Taiwanxifu 台灣媳婦 – April 9, 2014 Book Reviews: Beijing Tai Tai ‘..it is a celebration of adapting to life in a new city, a big and ancient city, with all of its tribulations and (eventually) successes. Actually, Tania’s account of life in Beijing is hilariously funny…’ To read full review click here

Girl and Duck, May 2017
Tania has been interviewed by Jen Storer. Tania and Jen talk about Beijing Tai Tai at 14.30, click here to listen in.

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