Hello! I’m a freelance journalist who lives in London. After graduating from Brown University, I lived and worked in Beijing for 2.5 years as an editor of an English expat magazine. After completing my Master’s degree in journalism from RMIT in Melbourne, I spent a year as a TV reporter in Beijing and now live in London. You can follow me on Twitter @JessicaLPan.
My second book, SORRY I’M LATE, I DIDN’T WANT TO COME is out in May 2019 in the UK (Doubleday, Penguin) and the USA (Andrews McMeel) and the Netherlands (Bruna).
It’s about the year I spent talking to strangers, performing stand-up comedy, traveling solo, trying out improv, going on friend dates and doing a bunch of terrifying extrovert-y things (I’m an introvert). I interview brilliant people to guide me through these nightmares.
Which is why it’s named: SORRY I’M LATE, I DIDN’T WANT TO COME. You can pre-order it in the USA here or pre-order it in the UK here. (It’s so new that my publishers haven’t even made a cover for it yet! But I swear, a cover is coming – “No Image Available” is not the cover.)
In my first book, my friend Rachel and I co-wrote a book about living in Beijing (my part) and living in Paris (her part). It’s called GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND (Penguin Group). To find out much, much more, visit www.graduatesinwonderland.com.
In the meantime, you’ll find me writing about everything from historical baking columns to Elf School to being a professional introvert. Here are a few features clips:
- Guardian Weekend Magazine: what happens when you talk to strangers
- Lenny Letter: wild swimming with my doppelgänger
- The Cut / NYMAG: advice for Meghan Markle
- Guardian Weekend Magazine: my take on English culture and football
- Jezebel: my experience with elves in Iceland
- The Toast: a baking spell for bagging your own tyrannical king
- Broadly/VICE: reported life and health features
- Celebrity profiles: Lily Allen, Lizzy Caplan, and Ed Byrne
- Sunday Magazine: the author behind the trend of embracing spinsterhood
I am very partial to North London and welcome any and all tips about the best places for: iced coffee, cute dog sightings, open water swimming and authentic Chinese food. And tacos. Where are the good tacos?
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