Krystyna Horko was born in London to a Polish father and a half-German mother. Her parents were both journalists and her complicated family form the basis for her forthcoming memoir, called Picnic in Mongolia. She lives in Paris and translates academic books on China as well as articles for the English language edition of Le Monde Diplomatique. In an earlier life she studied Mandarin and Mongolian at SOAS, went to China on a British Council scholarship and then worked as a China-watching journalist in Hong Kong, where she was a sub-editor for East Asian Civilizations, correspondent for the Foreign News Agency, editor of China Trader Magazine and, under the pen name of Stéphane Fantanange, a regular contributor to AsiaWeek (all those journals are now defunct!).
Other books-in-waiting (time permitting!):
Rising– a fictional account of her two Polish uncles who died in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 aged 16 and 18.
Belleville Stories– a family saga that follows the history of this fascinating working class and multi-ethnic “East End” district of Paris which has been the author’s home for the past twenty years