Madeleine O’Dea is a writer and journalist who has been covering the political, economic, and cultural life of China for the past three decades. She worked for five years with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra before entering journalism as the Beijing correspondent for The Australian Financial Review in 1986. She covered China throughout the 1990s as a producer with ABC Television. In 2004 she moved to Beijing and took up a position as a presenter and editor with China Radio International and later served as the arts editor for the magazine, the Beijinger. In 2010 she became the founding editor-in-chief of ARTINFO China and Asia correspondent for Art+Auction and Modern Painters magazines. Her intimate history of post-Cultural Revolution China - The Phoenix Years - Art, Resistance and the Making of Modern China was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016 and is forthcoming in North America in Autumn 2017. She now lives in Sydney.