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Paul French wins the CWA Non-fiction dagger

Monday July 15th: Paul French was today announced as the winner of the 2013 CWA Non-fiction Dagger for Midnight in Peking, the story of the murder of the adopted daughter of a former British consul in 1938 Peking, a tale which had been almost entirely overtaken by the Second World War.

GIANT PANDAS: BORN SURVIVORS

A Chinese national treasure and a conservation icon the world over, giant pandas are arguably the most misunderstood animals on the planet. At once threatened by human encroachment and safeguarded by human ingenuity, these diffident creatures experience the best and worst of mankind.

HANGING: DEVILS

When Hong Jun returns to China from studying and working as a lawyer in the US, he opens the doors to his new practice in Beijing intent on helping ordinary people defend their rights, but he soon finds himself embroiled in a case which is anything but ordinary.

THE BADLANDS: DECADENT PLAYGROUND OF OLD PEKING

A mere stone’s throw away from the privileged elitism of the Legation Quarter and just spitting distance to the muddy, overcrowded Eastern Tartar City, The Peking Badlands woke only after dark.

NORTHERN GIRLS: Life Goes On

China in the late 1990s is hit by a wave of change. Expressways force their way through new cities, and towers of glass and steel shoot up, seemingly overnight, on every street corner. Meanwhile, droves of young people are making the journey across the vast country, in search of a better life.

Announcing a New China Acquisition

Beijing, 24 August 2012. International trade publisher Penguin Group (China) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Nothing Gained by investment banker Phillip Y. Kim. Originally self-published under the title A Hidden Moon, Phillip Kim’s thriller draws on his vast experience of banking and many years living in Hong Kong.

THE CIVIL SERVANT’S NOTEBOOK

A northeastern city in Dongzhou province needs a new Mayor, and there are plenty of candidates eager for the top job. As the mandarins of the local Communist Party go through the motions of selecting their nominee, insinuation and subterfuge run rampant. Dangerous factions begin to form around two contenders and longstanding rivals, Vice-Mayors Liu Yihe and Peng Guoliang.

THE MAKER OF HEAVENLYTROUSERS

A Peking love story first published in 1935, The Maker of Heavenly Trousers

tells the story of an unnamed foreign bachelor who lives in a courtyard dwelling alone but for the Five Virtues, the nickname for a family of mischievous Chinese servants who run his household as they please. It is they who take pity on their neighbour, Kuniang (literally, “young girl”), whose father is rarely in Peking, inviting her to come and join them in their master’s home.

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