Hyeonseo Lee lived in North Korea until she was 17. Although as a child she thought it was the best country on the planet, she began to question her beliefs when hit by famine during the 90s. She escaped to China, using seven different names to hide her illegal immigrant identity, eventually seeking asylum in South Korea and going back to her birthplace to rescue her mother and brother. Here she discusses her memoir 'The Girl with Seven Names' and gives a rare and remarkable insight into our planet's most secretive country.
Lee will also speak on July 2 at The Linnean Society of London