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Book Club December

Our December 10 book is Hanging Devils, by He Jiahong, “the Chinese John Grisham”. The plot is based on the author’s real-life experiences not just in law (he is a US-trained professor specialising in miscarriages of justice) but in life (as a teenager during the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to work on a farm in China’s frigid northeast). The time is the 1990s. “Gentleman lawyer” Hong Jun is asked to reopen the ten-year-old case of a man serving a life sentence for rape and murder. Even though he confessed to the crimes, his brother believes he is innocent. A rich builder of dubious probity, he will pay Hong Jun whatever it takes to prove it. But finding the real killer isn’t just a matter of reinvestigating the facts. It also means tangling with an opaque legal system—and the corrupt officials who want to keep it that way. See He Jiahong discuss the book here.

The White Rabbit Book Club meets in the Library on the third floor of the Gallery on the second Sunday of each month. Under the broad headings of China and art, we discuss novels, memoirs, history books, current affairs and even cookery. Whether or not you’ve read the nominated book, you are welcome to join us.

When: Second Sunday of every month, 2 p.m.  

Where: Library, 3rd floor

How much: FREE

Contact: Phyllis Rowlinson: prowlinson[at]whiterabbitcollection.org, tel. (02) 8399 2867





 

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