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Paul French


Paul French

Born in London and educated there and in Glasgow, Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. He is a widely published analyst and commentator on China and has written a number of books dealing with China’s pre-1949 history: THE OLD SHANGHAI A–Z; THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: China’s Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao; and CARL CROW - A TOUGH OLD CHINA HAND: The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai.

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Paul French

Books by Paul French

by Paul French - History, Nonfiction

In a city of temptations unfolds a story of two men whose lives intertwine in both crime and a twisted friendship. The self-named Jack Riley finds a future in Shanghai as The Slots King, while Joe Farren, whose name was printed in neon across the Badlands, rises to fame and cashes in on Shanghai’s sins. Eyewitness accounts from moles at the Shanghai Municipal Police, letters home and contemporary newspaper articles furnish this meticulously researched story where French takes you deep into those Badlands, grips you by the throat and doesn’t let go.

by Paul French - Nonfiction, True Crime

Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind the notorious murder of a young Englishwoman, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.