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Midnight in Peking
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Paul French
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Midnight in Peking

Paul French


9780670080922

Viking


Biography;
True crime


Paperback

304 pages

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As 1936 gave way to 1937, the people of Peking waited nervously for the axe to fall. The encirclement by the Japanese army was tightening daily and troop skirmishes were on the rise. The Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek had fled south to Nanking, where some said he was ready to cut a deal with Tokyo and leave the people of Peking to their fate. In the opium dens of the notorious Badlands the partying was harder than usual, while the wealthy foreigners of the Legation Quarter were making the most of their final days of privilege. Each new day brought a racheting up of tension inside the city walls. On one of those walls, the ancient Tartar Wall, was a massive watchtower, built in the fifteenth century to keep out invaders. The locals believed the Fox Tower to be haunted at night by fox spirits that preyed upon innocent mortals. Then one bitterly cold January night, the body of an innocent mortal was dumped there. It belonged to English schoolgirl Pamela Werner, the daughter of a well-known Old China Hand and past British Consul. When the depraved nature of her murder became known, it was hard to fathom that any human could treat another in such a fashion. In a city more than usually prone to rumour and gossip, the killing of Pamela raised the panic to a whole new level. Midnight in Peking is an unputdownable true tale of murder and a gripping account of the end of an era.

By:   Paul French
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   395g
ISBN:   9780670080922
ISBN 10:   0670080926
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   August 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Paul French is the author of four works of Asian History - Carl Crow: A Tough Old China Hand, North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula, One Billion Shoppers: Accessing Asia's Consuming Passions, and Through the Looking Glass: China's Foreign Journalists from the Opium Wars to Mao.


  • Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2013.
  • Winner of CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2013
  • Winner of CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2013.
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