Carrie Gracie grew up in north east Scotland and set up a restaurant before completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. Before becoming the BBC China Editor in 2014, she was the BBC’s Beijing reporter, China correspondent and Beijing bureau chief as well as the morning anchor on the BBC News Channel and host of the weekly BBC World Service programme The Interview. She has also made documentaries about China for BBC TV and BBC Radio, winning prizes including a Peabody and an Emmy, and commentating at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In January 2018, she left her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay, publishing an open letter to BBC audiences and appearing before a parliamentary select committee. In June 2018 she won a public apology and pay parity from the BBC, and then donated all her back pay to the gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society, to help low paid women facing pay discrimination and to seed a strategic litigation fund for equal pay test cases. Equal is her first book.