Shi Tiesheng was born in Beijing in 1951. He graduated from Tsinghua University High School but, at the age of eighteen, was sent to work in a rural area of Shaanxi as part of the Down to the Countryside Movement. He was paralysed in an accident when aged twenty-one and returned to Shanghai. He started writing stories and had a film made of one of his stories. The film of his novella 命若琴弦 (Like a Banjo String) had considerable success. He went on to write stories and novels. In later life, he had kidney problems and received regular dialysis. He died in 2010 of a cerebral haemorrhage.
(Only books translated into English)
1991 命若琴弦 (Strings of Life)
2006 我的丁一之旅 (My Travels in Ding Yi)