Born in London and educated there and in Glasgow, Paul French lived and worked in Shanghai for many years before returning to London in 2013. He is a widely published analyst and commentator on China and North Korea having written a number of books including a history of foreign correspondents in China and a biography of the legendary Shanghai adman, journalist and adventurer Carl Crow.
His most recent work (summer 2018) is City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir - A dramatic account of Shanghai's lawless 1930s and two of its most notorious criminals. So far, the reviews have been good - 'Shanghai's champion storyteller - He grips his reader to the end' Economist; 'Gripping, breakneck ultra-noir reminiscent of vintage Ellroy' David Peace, author of Red or Dead; 'If you love Richard Lloyd Parry and David Grann, don't miss City of Devils' Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
His literary non-fiction book, Midnight in Peking, was an international success becoming a New York Times Bestseller, BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and has been optioned for television by Kudos Film and Television in the UK. Midnight in Peking was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards finalist and also won both the 2013 Edgar Best Fact Crime book award by the Mystery Writers' of America and the Crime Writers' Association (UK) non-fiction Dagger award. The judges praised 'the way he brilliantly evoked the uneasy atmosphere of China's capital 80 years ago.'