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The Optician of Lampedusa (Paperback)
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The Optician of Lampedusa (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 04/05/2017
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'Poetically written, absorbing, harrowing' The Times

'The raw and emotional account of an optician whose family fishing trip suddenly placed him amid the human tragedy of hundreds of drowning migrants is a story that needed to be told' Fiona Wilson, The Times

'An important book ... I cried all the way through' Tracy Chevalier

From an award-winning BBC journalist, this moving book turns the testimony of an accidental hero into a timeless story about human fellowship and the awakening of courage and conscience.

'I can hardly begin to describe to you what I saw as our boat approached the source of that terrible noise. I hardly want to. You won't understand because you weren't there. You can't understand. You see, I thought I'd heard seagulls screeching. Seagulls fighting over a lucky catch. Birds. Just birds.'

Emma-Jane Kirby has reported extensively on the reality of mass migration today. In The Optician of Lampedusa she brings to life the moving testimony of an ordinary man whose late summer boat trip off a Sicilian island unexpectedly turns into a tragic rescue mission.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141985220
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 125 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

Hux - Blogger, @littlehux

“Every single person must read this book”

his is the book you press into the hands of anyone who bad mouths migrants fleeing for a new life. The Optician of Lampedusa is the account of an Optician and his 7 friends who take a boat trip one October to... More

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“The Optician of Lampedusa”

I found the style rather tedious, but the story is successful in parts. It does promote thought and sadness for the victims.

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“The optician of Lampedusa”

This is a sensitively written story which tells of the trauma experienced by refugees arriving on Lampadusa and the huge impact it has on a group of ordinary people unexpectedly find themselves rescuing refugees from... More

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