Empire Made Me : An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai, Paperback

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
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780141011950



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