Paul French


Paul French lived and worked in Shanghai for many years where he was a business adviser and analyst. He studied history, economics, and Mandarin at university and has an MPhil in economics from the University of Glasgow. He is the author of a number of books, including the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China, Carl Crow: A Tough Old China Hand, and Through the Looking Glass: China’s Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao. His most recent book City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir has received much praise with The Economist writing, ‘…in Mr French the city has its champion storyteller.’ Both Midnight in Peking and City of Devils are currently being developed for television.

Murders of Old China is an Audible Original exclusive audio project reinvestigating 12 highly disputed cases in China’s early twentieth century, uncovering new evidence and highlighting corruption and travesties of justice.

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