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Join us to hear Anna Fifield discuss her book, 'The Great Successor: The Secret Rise & Rule of Kim Jong Un' (John Murray) with Kelly Dennett. All welcome.
ABOUT THE BOOK The Great Successor is an irreverent yet insightful quest to understand the life of Kim Jong Un, one of the world’s most secretive dictators. Kim’s life is swathed in myth and propaganda, from the plainly silly–he supposedly ate so much Swiss cheese that his ankles gave way–to the grimly bloody stories of the ways his enemies and rival family members have perished at his command. One of the most knowledgeable journalists on modern Korea, Anna Fifield has exclusive access to Kim’s aunt and uncle who posed as his parents while he was growing up in Switzerland, members of the entourage that accompanied Dennis Rodman on his quasi-ambassadorial visits with Kim, and the Japanese sushi chef whom Kim befriended and who was the first outsider to identify him as the inevitable successor to his father as supreme ruler. She has been able to create a captivating portrait of the oddest and most isolated political regime in the world, one that is broken yet able to summon a US president for peace talks, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Un; ridiculous but deadly, and a man of our times.
ANNA FIFIELD Anna Fifield is the Wellington editor at Stuff and editor of the Dominion Post. She returned to New Zealand in 2020 to take up this role after two decades abroad working at the Financial Times and the Washington Post. She was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University in 2013-14 and was awarded Stanford University's Shorenstein award in 2018 for excellence in reporting on Asia. A graduate of Victoria University, Anna loves all things about Wellington - even the wind.
KELLY DENNETT Kelly has been a journalist for close to a decade, mostly covering courts, crime and justice, with a special interest in feature writing. She joined the Stuff team in 2013. Auckland-raised, Kelly published her first non-fiction crime book in 2018. That year she relocated to Wellington, where she is a news director for the Sunday Star-Times. Ngaio Marsh crime writing award 2019: Best book of non-fiction Voyager Media Awards 2018: Best team investigation (finalist)