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75th Anniversary Book

 'The Refuge and the Fortress: Britain and  the flight from tyranny', by Jeremy Seabrook (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in November 2008 to mark CARA's 75th anniversay year.

Following two hugely succesful book launches at The House of Commons and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, the book was long listed for the Orwell Prize and has already sold over a 1000 copies. It has been reviewed as 'the sort of book that should find itself on citizenship reading lists in schools and colleges ,and on the desks of newspaper editors and opinion-formers.'


'Through vivid testimonies of heroism and endurance, this book charts the changes and continuities in British attitudes to people fleeing racial, religious or political persecution in their own country. Much of the present popular dislike of refugees is not new, but echoes much of the prejudice expressed towards Jewish refugees from the Tsarist pogroms in the early 20th century and the escapees from Hitler. But this is only part of the story. There is a parallel experience of generosity and kindness of British people towards those who seek refuge here. ‘The Refuge and the Fortress’ unravels these apparent contradictions, giving us an insight into the elusive quality of what it means to be British, a question which is now at the centre of intense social and political debate.'

'This is a story of tragedy and triumph: tragedy, in the expulsion of eminent scholars from their home countries; triumph, in their rescue by CARA to achieve even greater renown in this country.' - The Rt Honourable Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Senior Law Lord

'This timely book is an exhortation for all of us to work harder to ensure that people arriving in our country seeking asylum are treated with fairness, humanity, and in accordance with international law.' - The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

'This is a stimulating book that should be read by all who mask the truth behind sensationalist headlines.' - The Independent

‘Seabrook writes with his usual blazing honesty and absorbing detail.’ –  Islington Tribune

'...an informative overview of official policies and attitudes towards refugees over the last century.' - Times Literary Supplement

'A challenging and illuminating read.' - Choice Magazine

Further reviews and articles about the book can be found here....


The book is priced at £14.99 and is available at Bertrams Wholesalers; Blackwells; Dawson UK; Gardners; John Smith and Waterstones. If you would like to order a copy on line, please click here.

Please contact Roisin Joyce for further details
Email: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk
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