"Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home." - Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

"Blood on the Page is an In Cold Blood for our time – a brilliant and unflinching anatomy of a murder that is both brutal true crime and heartbreaking human tragedy." - Tony Parsons, author of The Murder Bag

"A fine and fascinating read, bolstered by exemplary research and nuanced insights. Absorbing." - Tobias Jones, Observer

"Reads like a thriller... a rigorous investigation... a revealing piece of social history.” -  Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times

"A real-life procedural... which might have important implications for us all."" - Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

"Thomas Harding follows the twists and turns of the investigation in the best traditions of the true crime narrative. The research is meticulous and the account of the murder investigation, detailed, painstaking and fascinating." - Justin Davenport, Evening Standard

"Reads like a fast-paced thriller." - Ham & High

"Harding's book Hanns and Rudolf was a marvel of investigative researchBlood on the Page is similarly diligent and thorough in its approach" -  Ian Thomason,  Financial Times

"One of the most intriguing murders cases in British legal history. There are enough questions raised by Hardings meticulous research to suggest that reasonable doubt stills hangs over the conviction." - Jewish Chronicle

"Absolutely gripping throughout and builds to a devastating conclusion. Just brilliant." -  Allan Little


In June 2006, police were called to number 9 Downshire Hill in Hampstead. Inside they found piles of rubbish, trees growing through the floor, and the body of Allan Chappelow, battered to death. The man eventually convicted of his murder was a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam, who claims no knowledge of the murder and that he has been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice.

A work of nonfiction, Blood on the Page is a tale of isolation, deception, espionage, and brutal violence, stretching from the quiet streets of north London to the Palace of Westminster to the People’s Republic of China, and beyond. It is a painstakingly researched and thrilling new work from Thomas Harding, author of the bestselling Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake.

Blood on the Page is published by William Heinemann (Penguin Random House). Publication date 25 January 2018.

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About Thomas

Thomas Harding is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian, among other publications. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning documentary maker. He also ran a local newspaper in West Virginia, winning the West Virginia Association of Justice’s Journalist of the Year Award, before moving back to England in 2011, where he now lives with his family. He is the author of Hanns and Rudolf, a Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the JQ-Wingate Prize; the internationally acclaimed Kadian Journal: A Father’s Story; and The House by the Lake, a Costa Biography Award and Orwell Prize nominee.

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