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Duncan Jepson is the award-winning producer of six feature films and documentaries that have been shown on the Discovery Channel Asia and National Geographic Channel. He has also edited two Asia-based magazines, the award winning, West East Magazine and the Asia Literary Review.

All the Flowers in Shanghai is Jepson’s stunning debut novel. Set in 1930s Shanghai,the Paris of the East, but where following the path of duty still takes precedence over personal desires, a young Chinese woman named Feng finds herself in an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman. In the enclosed world of her new household-a place of public ceremony and private cruelty-she learns that, above all else, she must bear a male heir. Ruthless and embittered by the life that has been forced on her, Feng seeks revenge by doing the unthinkable. Years later, she must come to a reckoning with the decisions she has made to assure her place in family and society, before the entire country is caught up in the fast-flowing tide of revolution.

Duncan Jepson lives and works in Hong Kong as a lawyer. He was a student in Beijing in 1987 and has travelled extensively in China since then.  His articles on the Chinese literary scene have been published in the South China Morning Post. His documentaries include Follow Your Heart – China’s New Youth Movement, a cutting-edge film about contemporary Chinese youth culture and Hope Without Future?, a film and portrait of the political and economic chaos in Nepal during which he covered the general elections for The Daily Telegraph. Last year he directed a multimedia kung fu exhibition at the Hong Kong Arts Centre titled Spirit Of A Nation and is working on his next film Half Lives about the disappearance of the middle class in Hong Kong.

All the Flowers in Shanghai, reminiscent of The Piano Teacher and Memoirs of a Geisha, sold to Wendy Lee at HarperCollins US by Marysia Juszczakiewicz at Peony Literary Agency; world rights available from Juliette Shapland at juliette.shapland@harpercollins.com.