Subtitled 'Real Lives in North Korea', I found this book as hard to leave alone as a Lee Child thriller. Demick tells the story of six north Koreans who have defected to the South. The sins of the communist dictatorship are too many and too ghastly to fliply offer tasters. Like Stasiland, it reminds us of what invariably happens when the State becomes the source of all things. At the same time, these people survived, and the book is not really political at all, but is a record of the perseverance, bloody-mindedness and luck that is required of those who wish to live full lives.
Here's a delightful look at all the good things that Ms Demick missed out: