New York Times best seller
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the worlds most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one womans terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told, ‘the best on the planet’?
Aged 17, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be 12 years before she was reunited with her family.
Narrator: Josie Dunn
Duration: 10 hours 48 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2008
Publisher: William Collins