The Jungle of Surprise

In the Paris of 1958, Léonie, the custodian of an apartment block, finds herself a reluctant investigator into the reasons behind the death of a friend, and keeps finding leads to Guang Zhou Wan, a former colony the French held in China until the end of WW2. 
What dark secrets does Guang Zhou Wan hold that are the cause of such peril in Léonie’s time? More

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About François Boucher

A French writer and documentary film maker, I have been living in China for 25 years.
I published 9 novels up to now, either under my true name or using a Chinese pen name: Fan Tong…
All my books deal with the history of French presence in China (eg. The Yunnan railway, built by the French between 1898 and 1910, or the former French territory of Guang Zhou Wan*).
I normally write in French. Though, 2 of my books were translated into English : "The Jungle of Surprise" (Original title: "De ma jungle, affectueusement") and "Out of Time in Wan Chai" ("Voguant vers l'avenir lumineux", for which a Swedish version also exists: "Flickan som hoppade från en spårvagn i Wan Chai").
Last but not least, my first novel, called "Le Cheval céleste", has been translated into Chinese and published by a Mainland publisher, Haitian Chubanshi. Alas it was prohibited, but then authorized again… Life in China is funny, sometimes!

* I also made a documentary of this story: The Ghost Colony (

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