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Friday, 2 July 2010

Barbara Demick wins the Samuel Johnson Prize 2010

Barbara Demick's book, Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea, has been awarded this year's Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. The book reveals what life is like for the people in this grotesque state by exploring the stories of six ordinary North Koreans living in Chongin, the country's third largest city. Everyone by now has heard of the absurdities of the political regime, which would be comical were it not for the horror of the people's everyday lives and the danger of the government's nuclear weapons programme.

Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea is published by Granta.

Click here to watch an interview with Barbara Demick on YouTube.

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