North Korean citizens march following a 2015 military parade in Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang. Photo: Kyodo

How to read North Korea: 10 books that take you inside the hermit kingdom

From true stories such as Shin Dong-hyuk’s miraculous escape from Camp 14 to a graphic novel inspired by a Canadian cartoonist’s brief stay, these powerful books offer insight into one of the world’s most isolated states

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North Korean citizens march following a 2015 military parade in Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang. Photo: Kyodo
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James Kidd

James Kidd

James Kidd is a freelance writer based in Oxford, Britain. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Literary Review, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The National, Time Out and The Jerusalem Post among others. He hosts the This Writing Life podcast (thiswritinglife.co.uk), featuring interviews with writers such as Hanya Yanagihara, David Mitchell, Amit Chaudhuri and Meena Kandasamy, and co-hosts Lit Bits (litbits.co.uk), named by The Observer as one of its top three literary podcasts.