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A groundbreaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake.

'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
'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

A groundbreaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake.

In June 2006, police were called to number 9 Downshire Hill in Hampstead. The owner of the house, Allan Chappelow, was an award-winning photographer and biographer, an expert on George Bernard Shaw, and a notorious recluse, who had not been seen for several weeks. Someone had recently accessed his bank accounts, and attempted to withdraw large amounts of money. Inside the darkened house, officers found piles of rubbish, trees growing through the floor, and, in what was once the living room, the body of Chappelow, battered to death, partially burned and buried under four feet of paper.

The man eventually arrested on suspicion of his murder was a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam: a man who claimed to be the grandson of one of Mao’s closest aides, and a key negotiator in the Tiananmen Square protests. His trial was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’: closed, carefully controlled, secret. Wang Yam was found guilty, but has always protested his innocence.

Thomas Harding has spent the past two years investigating the case, interviewing key witnesses, investigating officers, forensic experts and the journalists who broke the story, and has unearthed shocking and revelatory new material on the killing, the victim and the supposed perpetrator. It is a crime that has been described in the press and by the leading detective as 'the greatest whodunnit’ of recent years: an extraordinary tale of isolation, deception and brutal violence, stretching from the quiet streets of north London to the Palace of Westminster and beyond. It is an explosive new work of non-fiction from an author working at the height of his powers.

Reviews

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

A real-life procedural... which might have important implications for us all.

Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

Absolutely gripping throughout and builds to a devastating conclusion. Just brilliant.

Allan Little

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

A fine and fascinating read, bolstered by exemplary research and nuanced insights. Absorbing.

Tobias Jones, Observer

Harding's book Hanns and Rudolf was a marvel of investigative research. Blood on the Page is similarly diligent and thorough in its approach.

Ian Thomson, Financial Times

One of the most intriguing murder cases in British legal history... There are enough questions raised by Harding's meticulous research to suggest that reasonable doubt still hangs over the conviction.

Jewish Chronicle

Reads like a thriller... a rigorous investigation... a revealing piece of social history.

Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times

Thomas Harding follows the twists and turns of the investigation in the best traditions of the true crime narrative. Detailed, painstaking and fascinating.

Justin Davenport, Evening Standard

Reads like a fast-paced thriller.

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781785151057

    January 29, 2018

    William Heinemann

    352 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • Hardback

    9781785151040

    February 15, 2018

    William Heinemann

    352 pages

    RRP $49.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Thomas Harding

The House by the Lake
Kadian Journal
Hanns and Rudolf

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