British author Paul French was born in London and educated there and in Glasgow, before living in Shanghai for many years. Photo: Sue Anne Tay

An old China hand’s must-reads for a desert island: five books novelist Paul French can’t live without

Top picks from writer who calls Shanghai his second home include a classic British gangster story, one of the best examples of American neo-noir, and Wide Sargasso Sea’s Jean Rhys on the highs and lows of being a Paris showgirl

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British author Paul French was born in London and educated there and in Glasgow, before living in Shanghai for many years. Photo: Sue Anne Tay
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Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a freelance journalist who worked on staff at the SCMP before editing Discovery magazine. She is the author of two Hong Kong crime books - After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders - and fully intends that the next book she writes will be less grizzly.