Zed lands CNN journalist's book on Africa and China

Zed lands CNN journalist's book on Africa and China

Zed Books will publish a book about Chinese-African relations by CNN journalist Jenni Marsh.

Marysia Juszczakiewicz at Hong Kong-based Peony Literary Agency sold world rights to Kim Walker at Zed Books for Becoming Chinese, How Africa Fell under the Spell of a Rising Power by Jenni Marsh. Peony has retained simplifed Chinese rights.

Zed is planning to publish in autumn 2020, with a paperback release in 2021. 

Marsh, a senior reporter at CNN, has been covering China/Africa relations for nearly a decade and this book includes her insights on the relationship between China and Africa. “China has been accused of colonising Africa with President Xi Jinping trying to become the Emperor of Africa,” the Peony Literary Agency said. “Marsh explores and portrays this dynamic through a series of human stories which go beyond the geopolitics to examine how this relationship has changed people’s lives and altered racial stereotypes, norms, hierarchies in some places, and presents us with a new version of Africa, no longer seen exclusively through the Western lens.”

Marsh is a British journalist who has worked for CNN since 2016 and has previously worked for publications such as the South China Morning Post.

The Peony Literary Agency represents a number of Asia's leading and new authors who explore both contemporary and historical Asia.