Paul French

Paul French is the author of the New York Times bestseller Midnight in Peking and City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir (bothPenguin). His work focuses on the foreign community in China in the first half of the 20th century,in particular its nightlife demi-monde and criminal underbelly. Destination Shanghai,a collection of biographical vignettes of Shanghai sojourners, both famous and infamous, is being published by Blacksmith Books to coincide with the Bookworm Literary Festival 2019. Paul is currently recording a 14- part Audible Original, Murders of Old China.


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