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characters Empire Made Me An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai 107 Erising and terribleInto this maelstrom stepped a tough and resourceful ex veteran Englishman to join the police It is his story told in part through his rediscovered photo albums and letters that Robert Bickers has uncovered in this remarkable moving bo I read this book whilst living and working in Shanghai And it does that thing that the best of non fiction does it s almost a novel Tinkler the figure at the centre of the narrative is not a sympathetic character being a racist and a bully but he is a compelling character Some of his views I m sorry to say made uncomfortable reading when living in the ex pat community in Shanghai 70 years later despite the intervening world war and revolution I would strongly recommend this story especially to anyone who enjoyed JG Ballard s Empire of the Sun this book being almost a preuel

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characters Empire Made Me An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai 107 'This is a biography of a nobody that offers a window into an otherwise closed world It is a life which manages to touch us all' Empire Made MeShanghai in the wake of the First World War was one of the world's most dynamic brutal and exciting cities an i Interesting history of the city of Shanghai and of British colonial policing methods Professor Bickers does not however give ex inspector Tinkler enough credit portraying him as something of a low level imperialist brute After leaving the police Tinkler became head of security for a big British industrial firm With Japanese efforts to influence Chinese politics by fomenting industrial unrest Tinkler confronted a detachment of Japanese marines When some junior executives tried to remonstrate thus distracting him the marines knocked his Mauser pistol away and clubbed and bayoneted him to the ground then held him up for the officer to beat over the head with scabarded sword The author also denies credit for Tinkler s artwork as a young soldier in the ww1 trenches illustrated in the book He does concede that Tinkler s photography some of which is illustrated was exceptional An artistic student who became a teenage world war soldier then imperial policemen and who was later killed in uite valiant circumstances as a Shanghai security manager

review ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Robert Bickers

characters Empire Made Me An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai 107 Ncredible panorama of nightclubs opium dens gambling and murder Threatened from within by communist workers and from without by Chinese warlords and Japanese troops and governed by an ever desperate British dominated administration Shanghai was both mesm This book is an extraordinary portrait of an English ex soldier turned policeman in Shanghai 1919 Maurice Tinkler was a low ranking police officer whose career was not successful A violent racist he was untenable in the early 1930s After a period as an almost homeless heavy drinker he got a job as security officer and labour supervisor for a British industrial firm in Shanghai Being in an area outside the International Settlement the plant after 1937 was in Japanese occupied territory and it was by Japanese hands that Tinkler was killed in 1939 Empire was not kind to Tinkler but what struck me most in this book is how much Tinkler comes to life and how incredibly credible this portrait of a very ordinary though rather unsympathetic man is and how close his time comes to ours

  • Paperback
  • 410
  • Empire Made Me An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai
  • Robert Bickers
  • English
  • 01 September 2019
  • 9780141011950