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Catherine Sampson (1962) is a British journalist and novelist. She studied Chinese at Leeds University where she graduated with a BA in 1984. She worked for the BBC and The Times. As a Times correspondent in China, se covered the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. After working as a freelance journalist during the handover of Hong Kong to China, she started her literary career in London. Since 2001 she lives in Beijing. The heroine of Sampson’s early books was Robin Ballantyne, a British journalist working for ‘The Corporation’, probably a reference to the BBC. The last two novels in the series – The Pool of Unease (2007) and The Slaughter Pavilion (2008) – take place in China.