Frank Dikötter is the author of the People’s Trilogy, a series of books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in China on the basis of new archival material. The first volume, entitled Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non‐​Fiction, Britain’s most prestigious book award for non‐​fiction. The second instalment, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945–1957, was short‐​listed for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962–1976 concludes the trilogy and was short‐​listed for the PEN Hessell‐​Tiltman Prize in 2017.