A Country of Refuge is a poignant, thought-provoking and timely anthology of writing on asylum seekers from some of Britain and Ireland's most influential voices.
Compiled and edited by human rights activist and writer Lucy Popescu, this powerful collection of short fiction, memoir, poetry and essays explores what it really means to be a refugee: to flee from conflict, poverty and terror; to have to leave your home and family behind; and to undertake a perilous journey, only to arrive on less than welcoming shores.
These writings are a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The contributors articulate simple truths about migration that will challenge the way we think about and act towards the dispossessed and those forced to seek a safe place to call home.
`A powerful, and frequently harrowing, collection ... I read it with fascination' - Penelope Lively
`A beautiful insight into the painful individuality of the refugee' - Jon Snow
Lucy Popescu is a writer, editor and critic with a background in human rights. She was director of English PEN's Writers in Prison Committee from 1991 to 2006. She has previously edited the PEN anthology Another Sky (2007) and Freedom From Torture's Body Maps (2011). The Good Tourist, her book about ethical travel and human rights, was published in 2008. She works closely with organisations working for and with refugees.