Shanghai Demimondaine - Nick Hordern

Shanghai Demimondaine - Nick Hordern

Saturday, Nov 25, 2023 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Asia Bookroom
Unit 2, 1-3 Lawry Place
Macquarie ACT 2614

Shanghai Demimondaine.
From Sex Worker to Society Matron.

Shanghai in the 1930s had a booming prostitution industry which gave the city a certain reputation across Asia, and the beautiful Australian Lorraine Murray was one of its stars - until her patron Edmund Toeg convinced her to leave the high class brothel where she worked.

Against the backdrop of the Japanese onslaught in China, and guided by the American author Emily Hahn - the 'China Coast Correspondent for the New Yorker' - Lorraine finally put her time as a prostitute behind her. After a stint in wartime Australia as a counter-intelligence informant, Lorraine moved to England, where she was reunited with both Emily and Edmund.

Shanghai Demimondaine is the story of how her friendship with Emily helped Lorraine turn her life around - and how the feisty writer mined their friendship for her bestselling books.

RSVP essential.

Please be sure to arrive 5 - 10 minutes early to get a seat.