The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment

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Guardian Faber Publishing, Sep 17, 2019 - History - 384 pages
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A NEW STATESMAN AND SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING
LONGLISTED FOR THE
BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE

A searing portrait of Britain's hostile environment by the journalist behind the Windrush exposť.

'A timely reminder of what truly great journalists can achieve.'
DAVID OLUSOGA

'[Gentleman's] reporting proves why an independent press is so vital.'
RENI EDDO-LODGE

'A book that keeps you informed and makes you angry.'
GARY YOUNGE

'It is impossible to overstate the importance of this heartbreaking book.'
JAMES O'BRIEN

How do you pack for a one-way journey back to a country you left when you were eleven and have not visited for fifty years?

Amelia Gentleman's exposť of the Windrush scandal - where thousands of British citizens were wrongly classified as illegal immigrants with life-shattering consequences - shocked the nation and led to the resignation of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary. Here, Gentleman tells the full story for the first time.

'Essential . . . a damning indictment.'
SIR LENNY HENRY

'Gentleman boldly chronicles the devastating reality of a scandal that illegalised, imbruted and abandoned British citizens.'
DAVID LAMMY MP

'I'm thankful for the truth and hope [. . .] in Amelia Gentleman's The Windrush Betrayal.'
ALI SMITH

'A devastating account.'
CLAIRE TOMALIN

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User Review  - eglinton - LibraryThing

Carefully laid out account of this journalist’s work exposing the “Windrush” scandal. Despite the easy narrative style, and a gentle tone (eschewing the relish of being critical, more bafflement than ... Read full review

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User Review  - djjazzyd - LibraryThing

Amelia Gentleman's account of the 'hostile environment' and its impact on the Windrush generation is an outstanding piece of investigative journalism. It will change forever my perception of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Amelia Gentleman is a reporter for the Guardian. She was named Journalist of the Year at the 2019 British Journalism Awards and won the 2018 Paul Foot journalism award for her reportage on the Windrush scandal. She has also won the Orwell Prize and Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards. Previously, she was Delhi correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, and Paris and Moscow correspondent for the Guardian. Her first book, The Windrush Betrayal, was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2019. She tweets at @ameliagentleman.

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