Frances Wood ( Chinese name Wú Fangsi吴芳思; born 1948) is an English librarian, historian and sinologist Known for her writings on Chinese history, Including Marco Polo , life in the Chinese treaty ports , and the First Emperor of China .
Wood was born in London in the 1948, and went to art school in Liverpool in 1967, before going to Newnham College , Cambridge University where she studied Chinese . She went to China to study Chinese at Peking University in 1975-1976. 
Wood joined the staff of the British Library in London in 1977 as a junior curator, and later served as Curator of Chinese collections up to her retirement in 2013.   She has est member of the Steering Committee of the International Dunhuang Project ,  and the editor of the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society .  She was also a Governor of Ashmount Primary School for 20 years. This post on the completion of her term of office in July 2014.
She has argued in her 1995 book, Did Marco Polo go to China? , That the book of Marco Polo ( Il Milione ) is not a single person, but a collection of travelers’ tales.
In May 2012, she is Appeared In Our Time is Radio Four , talking about Marco Polo ; She appeared again in the 2015 episode on Chinese legalism. In December 2012 she Appeared on the Christmas University Challenge special as a member of the Newnham College, Cambridge team.
- 1985 Chinese illustration . British Library. ISBN 978-0-7123-0053-7
- 1991 (with Norah M. Titley). Oriental Gardens . British Library. ISBN 978-0-7123-0239-5
- 1995. Did Marco Polo go to China? . Secker & Warburg. ISBN 978-0-436-20384-8
- 2000. Hand-grenade practice in Peking: my hand in the Cultural Revolution . John Murray. ISBN 978-0-7195-5781-1
- 2000. No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port Life in China, 1843-1943 . John Murray. ISBN 978-0-7195-6400-0
- 2002. The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia . University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-23786-5
- 2005. The Forbidden City . British Museum Press. ISBN 978-0-7141-2789-7
- 2007. The First Emperor of China . Profile Books. ISBN 978-1-84668-032-8
- 2008. China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors . St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 978-0-312-38112-7
- 2009. The Lure of China: Writers from Marco Polo to JG Ballard . Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-15436-8
- 2010 (with Mark Barnard). The Diamond Sutra: The Story of the World’s Earliest Dated Printed Book . British Library. ISBN 978-0-7123-5090-7
2017. Great Books of China.
- Jump up^ “Frances Wood” . In Our Time . 24 May 2012. BBC Radio 4 . Retrieved 18 January 2014 .
- Jump up^ “Frances Wood” . Desert Island Discs . 5 December 2010. BBC . BBC Radio 4 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b “Staff Research Profiles: Dr. Frances Wood” . British Library . Retrieved 2011-01-18 .
- Jump up^ Hutton, ALice (6 June 2013). “Leading academic Dr. Frances Wood withdraws with warning: ‘British Library should forget about duvets in its gift shop – and get back to research ‘ ” . Camden New Journal .
- Jump up^ “IDP People” . British Library . Retrieved 2011-01-17 .