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The Shanghai Wife

The fiction debut of 2018

Leaving behind her past in country Australia, Annie Brand and her new husband, a ship’s captain, arrive to the political upheaval and glittering international society of Shanghai in the 1920s. But Annie’s freedom is quickly curtailed …

She finds herself increasingly suffocated by the judgemental Club ladies and their exclusive social scene: one even more restrictive than that she came from. Sick of salacious gossip and colonial condescension, and desperate to shake off the restrictions of her position in the world, Annie is slowly drawn into the bustling life and otherness of the real Shanghai, and begins to see the world from the perspective of the local people.

But this world is far more complex and dangerous than the curious Annie understands and unknowingly, she becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as well as a passionate and forbidden love affair she could not have predicted: one with far-reaching consequences …

‘Emma’s book is lyrical and beautiful … she has written a love story as dangerous and exotic as the worlds she describes.’—Caroline Overington, author of The Lucky One and The One That Got Away

‘An immersive tale of illicit love … propels you straight to the streets of 1920s Shanghai.’—Nicole Alexander, bestselling Australian author

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