''Packed with history, drama and authentic detail.'' -Sunday Telegraph
is a book of epic proportions, full of plots and subplots woven around historical events. . ." --San Francisco Book Review
"An extravaganza of colorful characters, pleasing continuity and 'other world' mystery." --The Washington Post Book World
From the Publisher
An epic New York Times bestseller chronicling the rise of a Taipan.
John Denton lands in famed Shanghai in 1903, a young customs officer newly assigned. A "griffin," green and inexperienced, he struggles to adapt to the roiling city. Tailors live and sleep on the floor of their employers' shops, and onlookers dip money in the blood of freshly beheaded pirates to make the bills lucky. The life teeming in the city's narrow streets and grand boulevards is beyond exotic. Shanghai's fascinations are of another world. Denton, the expatriate, thrives in China and remains, acquiring wealth and power, children, a mistress. Shanghai claims him, body and soul.
This epic novel spans the most volatile decades of China's existence and reveals to us its amazingly cosmopolitan heart. Shanghai was an international bestseller and is available again for the first time in a decade.
Christopher New for many years chaired the Department of Philosophy at Hong Kong University. He was born in England, educated at Oxford, and spent nearly thirty years in China.