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Heads Up: City of Devils Comes to Jewish Book Week, London, March 3 2019

Posted: January 30th, 2019 | No Comments »

I’ll be talking about City of Devils, old Shanghai and particularly the Jewish characters and milieu of the book and city at London’s annual Jewish Book Week this Sunday March 3. I’ll be in conversation with the fantastic Anne Sebba…

1930s Shanghai: in the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world; a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made – and lost.

Award-winning author Paul French offers a spellbinding account of Shanghai’s lawless 1930s, and two of its most notorious criminals who bestrode the city like kings: ‘Lucky’ Jack Riley, an ex-Navy boxing champion; and ‘Dapper’ Joe Farren, a Jewish boy who fled Vienna’s ghetto to establish a chorus line that rivalled Ziegfeld’s.

More details and tickets here https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/city-of-devils-a-shanghai-noir/

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