Empire Made Me : An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai Paperback
'This is a biography of a nobody that offers a window into an otherwise closed world.
It is a life which manages to touch us all!' - "Empire Made Me".
Shanghai in the wake of the First World War was one of the world's most dynamic, brutal and exciting cities - an incredible panorama of nightclubs, opium-dens, gambling and murder.
Threatened from within by communist workers and from without by Chinese warlords and Japanese troops, and governed by an ever more desperate British-dominated administration, Shanghai was both mesmerising and terrible.
Into this maelstrom stepped a tough and resourceful ex-veteran Englishman to join the police.
It is his story, told in part through his rediscovered photo-albums and letters, that Robert Bickers has uncovered in this remarkable, moving book.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, 16 b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780141011950