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Pages: 352
Subject: Politics, Current Affairs, History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrationsstrations (black and white)

No Place to Call Home

Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers

Katharine Quarmby

The shocking, poignant story of rejection, eviction and the fight for a home
Paperback
9781851689491 (22 Aug 2013)
RRP £12.99 / US$18.95

The Book

They are reviled. For centuries the Roma have wandered Europe; during the Holocaust half a million were killed. After World War II and during the Troubles, a wave of Irish Travellers moved to England to make a better, safer life. They found places to settle down - but then, as Occupy was taking over Wall Street and London, the vocal Dale Farm community in Essex was evicted from their land. Many did not leave quietly; they put up a legal and at times physical fight.

Award-winning journalist Katharine Quarmby takes us into the heat of the battle, following the Sheridan, McCarthy, Burton and Townsley families before and after the eviction, from Dale Farm to Meriden and other trouble spots. Based on exclusive access over the course of seven years and rich historical research, No Place to Call Home is a stunning narrative of long-sought justice.

Additional Information

Subject Politics, Current Affairs, History
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrationsstrations (black and white)

 

About the Author

Katharine Quarmby's journalism has appeared in The Economist, Private Eye, The Times, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian, among other publications. She has been a finalist for the prestigious Paul Foot Prize and has produced films for BBC Newsnight and Panorama. Her first book, Scapegoat, on hate crimes against disabled people, won the AMIA International Literature award. She lives in London.

Reviews

‘Katharine Quarmby does an excellent job of teasing out the many nuances [of the situation for Gypsies and Travellers]… it is essential reading for anyone who wants to get beyond the flippant, homogenising headlines’

- Literary Review

'Meticulously researched… necessary and timely.'

- The Tablet

‘With a keen sense of compassion and unwavering frankness, Katharine Quarmby breaks through rigid stereotypes and leads us into the communities that have remained for so long without a voice of their own.'

- Oksana Marafioti, author of American Gypsy: A Memoir

'An admirably measured and authoritative portrait of a diverse, isolated and often wilfully misunderstood minority… Wise, quietly incandescent [and] insightful.' 

- Telegraph