Edited by David Herd & Anna Pincus
Two unaccompanied children travel across the Mediterranean in an overcrowded boat that has been designed to only make it halfway across… A sixty-three-year-old man is woken one morning by border officers ‘acting on a tip-off’ and, despite having paid taxes for twenty-eight years, is suddenly cast into the detention system with no obvious means of escape… An orphan whose entire life has been spent in slavery – first on a Ghanaian farm, then as a victim of trafficking – writes to the Home Office for help, only to be rewarded with a jail sentence and indefinite detention…
These are not fictions. Nor are they testimonies from some distant, brutal past, but the frighteningly common experiences of Europe’s new underclass – its refugees. Here, poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Presenting their accounts anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrims’ stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, this book offers rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering.
Patience Agbabi – Jade Amoli-Jackson – Chris Cleave – Stephen Collis – Inua Ellams – Abdulrazak Gurnah – David Herd – Marina Lewycka – Avaes Mohammad – Hubert Moore – Ali Smith – Dragan Todorovic – Carol Watts – Michael Zand
A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage. a short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.
by Lorrie Moore