Win! Our Happy Time by Gong Ji-Young

17th Feb 2014

Win! Our Happy Time by Gong Ji-Young
Gong Ji-Young has sold over ten million books and seen her novels adapted for films. Critically acclaimed in her native South Korea, 'Our Happy Time' is the first of her works to be translated into English.

Our Happy Time opens with intelligent, wealthy Yujeung lying in a hospital bed, recovering from her third suicide attempt. Her life is changed by the arrival of her down-to-earth aunt – a nun who suggests Yujeung come with her on a charitable visit to Death Row.

There Yujeung meets Yunsu. He’s soon to be put to death, and a convicted murderer. Disgusted by his crimes, she’s nevertheless drawn to the depth of his suffering. She returns to see him week after week, and they reveal their pasts and traumas, forming a deep bond.

But the prison officers are always overlooking their meetings, Yunsu is always cuffed, and both of them realise that their happy time together will be horribly cut short.

Ji-Young is known in Korea for her strident feminism and unflinching social activism. Her 2009 novel saw her country’s Saenuri Party call for an investigation into her “political activities”.

Our Happy Time is out now, published by Short Books – but we’ve got copies to give away to five lucky readers. To be in with a chance, just riddle us this:

What was the title of Ji-Young’s controversial 2009 novel?

Email your answer to by midnight on 21st February.

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