Paul French

Long-time Shanghai resident, Paul French is the author of the New York Times best seller Midnight in Peking (Penguin), a true crime story of the grisly murder of a young English woman in 1937 in Peking. French’s account, and his own sleuthing, makes for an eloquent examination of the harrowing last days of colonial Peking. Midnight in Peking was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, a New York Times Bestseller, was awarded an “Edgar” by the Mystery Writers of America and is currently being developed as a series for UK TV by Kudos Film and Television. French has just published a Penguin Special continuing his investigations into the seedy underbelly of 1930s China called The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking. He is now working on the third of his Badlands trilogy, which takes us into the dancehalls, casinos and whorehouses of wartime Shanghai.

Hear the tale of Pamela Werner's horrific murder, based on "Midnight in Peking"

Walking Tour

120 mins