China Blonde

On October 1st, 2020, China Blonde hit the shelves. Written by former Sky News newsreader and former expat resident of Xi’an Nicole Webb, this book tells about her experiences while living in Xi’an. If you’d like to get a copy of the book, you can pick up a signed copy on her website (ships globally, including to China) or you can get a copy of the ebook at Amazon by scanning the QR code on the next page.

About the Book

From a TV newsreader in Sydney to a hotelier’s wife in the heart of China – this is a true story of reinvention, love, and finding your place in the world.

Nicole Webb and her husband, James, are always up for an adventure, so when James is offered a job in the ancient city of Xi’an in north-west China, they jump at the chance. Nicole, James and three-year-old Ava pack up their home in Hong Kong and fly into a world they know nothing about — a place where they know no one.

Touching down, culture shock hits Nicole head on. It feels as if all eyes are on her and Ava, the only blondes in the jam-packed arrivals hall, two foreigners, so far from home.

With honesty and humour, Nicole takes us on a journey of daily life in the Middle Kingdom at a time when the whole world is looking towards China.

We follow her search for friendship and acceptance where she discovers, no matter what your culture or background, we’re connected the world over by the common thread of humanity.

CHINA BLONDE gives us a very personal insight, told with a journalist’s eye view, into the lives of those who embraced Nicole with open arms. Her experience along the way will resonate with anyone who’s ever built a life in a new home – be it across the city or across the world.

About the Author

Hailing from the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand, Nicole moved to Australia as a teenager with her family. There she went on to pursue her dream of becoming a television journalist and newsreader.

After a decade at Sky News doing just that — with her husband, James, in 5-Star hotels, he, Nicole (and baby bump) decided to do something akin to Carpe Diem.

A few deep breaths later the couple found themselves in the city that never sleeps, Hong Kong where the trio, which now included blondie Ava, survived and thrived for four years before moving to Xi’an, China, where they lived for 2.5 years.

Nicole, James, and Ava are now back in Sydney (for the time being) where she continues to work as a Journalist, Writer, and Speaker.