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dragons in shallow waters



"The novel is both beautifully written and well plotted"


Peking, 1900. Amidst the violence and terror of the anti-foreign Boxer Rebellion, a young China-born Englishwoman finds herself under siege alongside the city's overseas population. Independent-minded and unaccustomed to European ways, Nina Ward embarks on an affair with married diplomat Oscar Fairchild, risking her future as death and despair draw ever closer. Journalist Alistair Scott records the controversy, trying to separate the reckless pair as the siege grows bloodier and the scandal grows louder. Based on real historical events, Dragons In Shallow Waters is a story of love, betrayal and secrets that reach across time and continents.


 "A haunting debut novel"

Historical Novel Society 

It’s 1931 and British diplomat William Graves and his wife, Amelia, are flung headfirst into the enticing, neon-lit streets of Shanghai.


As Will helps to maintain the fragile peace between China and Japan, Amelia, alone in a foreign city, seeks solace with a Russian ballet troupe that are more than they seem. Whispers of protest, revolt, even war, buzz through the city as Will is tasked with rooting out Communist propaganda that could push tensions over the edge into war. But the city’s streets hold other intoxicating allures.


Will falls into a deep obsession with Feifei, a beautiful silent film star, who is desperate to escape the volatile city and sees Will as her only chance at freedom.


As Amelia starts to sense Will’s betrayal and the personal and the political begin to blur, will they lose themselves in the electric shadows of Shanghai?

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