Edward Burman was born in Cambridge and holds a degree in Philosophy and Fine Art from the University of Leeds. From 1999-2012 he was a non-executive director of a London-based listed investment company, and in 2006 set up a company for them in Beijing, which also had a branch office in Xi'an (since closed). Since then he has usually visited Xi'an once a month. He has also taught part-time in universities in England, Italy and China, but is now mainly devoting himself to books and films. He has published eighteen books in all, mainly in the UK and the USA. His most recent book was published in a Chinese translation by Shaanxi People's Press in late 2015. It was published in the original English in March 2016 as Xi'an Through European Eyes: A Cultural History in the Year of the Horse. Since 2014 Edward has been a Trustee of the Xi'an City Wall Heritage Foundation; he is the only foreign trustee.
Edward Burman examines the most up-to-date theories about these extraordinary artefacts -- Arminta Wallace * Irish Times * Tell[s] us a great deal that is fascinating about the figures and the Emperor who ordered them to be built -- Nick Rennison * Daily Mail *