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By Eunsun Kim

Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, the most secretive and oppressive nations within the sleek international. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her tuition box journeys to public executions, day-by-day self-criticism classes, and the expanding gnaw of starvation because the country-wide famine escalated.

By the time she used to be 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of an identical. eventually, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that will take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. prior to ultimately attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family members could reside homeless, fall into the arms of chinese language human traffickers, live on a North Korean hard work camp, and pass the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, Eunsun is sharing her notable tale to offer voice to the hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless pain in silence. instructed with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, eventually, a testomony to the energy and resilience of the human spirit.

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We used to end up in the Bear and Staff, round the corner from Leicester Square. It was full of theatrical agents, variety artists, showmen and girls of all sorts, and Joe knew all of them. Although I never liked drinking alcohol (most of my life I have been tee-total) I loved hanging out with Joe. I sat open-mouthed, just lapping up the atmosphere, while Joe worked the room catching up with all his friends and contacts, swapping theatrical tales of derring-do and debauchery. One night I had an uninvited initiation into Soho life.

Within a few weeks Brian and I had taken over the moving of the circus. It was operating like they had never seen it before. I was getting them a couple of new sites a week. Brian was saving them a day and a half on moving the circus. We asked for more money and Dicky refused. We had a huge stand-up row and before we knew it we were once again packing up and heading off into the unknown. 46 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:39 am Page 47 How to Marry into the Circus Once more we camped on a lay-by, this time on the A30, with nowhere to go and no money to live on.

Brian could do tightrope walking, knife throwing and a bit of clowning. May could eat glass and lie on a bed of nails. Michael could dance on the stilts. Of course I would do my turn as Scats the clown and a bit of juggling. Betty would have to go straight back in 51 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:39 am Page 52 Confessions of a Showman the ring as the ringmistress and we could take it in turns to change the music on the record player when we were back stage. The one thing we were missing was the animals.

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