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Cities Under Occupation – City of Devils Comes to Jewish Books Week 2019, London – 3/3/19

Posted: February 18th, 2019 | No Comments »

I’m delighted to be talking about City of Devils at this years Jewish Book Week in London on 3/3/19 at Kings Place, up behind King’s Cross Station. It’s a special treat as I’m in conversation with the biographer Anne Sebba whose most recent book, Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation, dovetails nicely with mine.

Obviously there are differences between Japanese-occupied Shanghai and Nazi-occupied Paris but the parallels, variations and differing responses to occupation are interesting.

3/3/19 – 3.30pm – Kings Place – tickets – http://jewishbookweek.com/event/city-of-devils-a-shanghai-noir/

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.

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