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.
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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.