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  • Through the Looking Glassby Paul French

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2009; US$ 32.00

    The convulsive history of foreign journalists in China starts with the newspapers printed in the European Factories of Canton in the 1820s and ends with the Communist revolution in 1949. more...

  • Carl Crow - A Tough Old China Handby Paul French

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2006; US$ 35.00

    The first biography of Carl Crow - one of the best-known and most successful Americans to live and work in Shanghai between the wars. After a successful career as a newspaperman and the proprietor of China's largest advertising agency in the 1930s he went on to write over a dozen books on China including the best selling series of anecdotes of... more...

  • Midnight in Pekingby Paul French

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 12.99

    Winner of the both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, Midnight in Peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local... more...

  • The Old Shanghai A-Zby Paul French

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2010; US$ 25.00

    A unique and a definitive guide to every street in Shanghai and its former allowing historians, researchers, tourists and the just plain curious to navigate the city in its pre-1949 incarnation. This A-Z includes the former International Settlement, French Concession, External Roads area with an extensive index, detailed map and alphabetical entry... more...

  • The Badlandsby Paul French

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 3.99

    More tales of intrigue in Old Peking from bestselling author Paul French Through portraits of eight residents of Peking?s infamous Badlands district, Paul French brings the area and 1930s Peking vividly to life. A small warren of narrow hutongs, the Badlands sat just inside the eastern flank of the Tartar Wall, which at that time enclosed the... more...

  • Midnight in Pekingby Paul French

    Penguin Group Australia 2011; Not Available

    January, 1937: Peking is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, lavish cocktail bars and opium dens, warlords and corruption, rumours and superstition ? and the clock is ticking down on all of it. In the exclusive Legation Quarter, the foreign residents wait nervously for the axe to fall.  Japanese troops have already occupied Manchuria and are... more...

  • Badlandsby Paul French

    Penguin Group Australia 2012; Not Available

    An evocative account of the infamous nightlife district of pre-communist Beijing, from the internationally acclaimed author of the book Midnight in Peking. The Badlands, a warren of narrow hutongs in the eastern district of pre-communist Peking, had its heyday in the 1930s. Home to the city's drifters, misfits and the odd bohemian, it... more...

  • Betrayal in Parisby Paul French

    Penguin Group Australia 2014; Not Available

    At the conclusion of 'the war to end war', the victorious powers set about redesigning the world map at the Paris Peace Conference. For China, Versailles presented an opportunity to regain territory lost to Japan at the start of the war. Yet, despite early encouragement from the world's superpowers, the country was to be severely disappointed, an... more...

  • North Koreaby Paul French

    Zed Books 2014; US$ 19.95

    A gripping and provocative account of one of the world’s most secretive countries. more...

  • Midnight in Pekingby Paul French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    Midnight in Peking is a gripping true murder mystery by Paul French THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER - AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 'A first-rate murder story, a thrilling narrative. Hurtles along from one cliffhanger to the next' Spectator Peking, 1937: The teenage daughter of a British consul is brutally slaughtered. The police... more...