Linda Jaivin is the internationally published author of nine books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, Eat Me, was a best-seller in both Australia and overseas. Her fifth novel, The Infernal Optimist, was short-listed for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and has been optioned for a feature film. Linda is also the author of numerous published short stories and essays, including for The Monthly and Quarterly Essay. She has also written for the theatre and is a literary and film translator from Chinese.
Shifting between the 1940s and today, The Empress Lover tells the story of a scholar who may, or may not, have been the lover of the Empress Dowager of China, and that of an Australian woman who works as a translator subtitling films in Beijing. It is a novel of love, loss, identity and history from one of Australia’s finest novelists.