- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (6 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846274702
- ISBN-13: 978-1846274701
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka's Hidden War Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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Book site: www.stillcountingthedead.com
YouTube reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9zbThM_1n0
"groundbreaking and utterly compelling" Sydney Morning Herald.
"this story has had too little impact. With luck, this book can help change that." The Guardian.
"..the appalling scenes recounted here provide the sharpest possible rebuke to those who might feel comfortable with the idea of a peace won in this way. More to the point, they raise doubts as to whether the Tamil and Sinhalese populations are likely to be able to move forward until both have faced up to their shared history". The Financial Times.
"Harrison's book contains a collection of grim facts that begin to establish an account of the events of early 2009 from a macro standpoint (referencing facts from reliable sources) complemented hauntingly by individual stories of human tragedy. It is the latter that makes it such a heart-breaking read, from the story of the teacher who suffered a "miscarriage on the beach at the climax of the war" to the young woman who alleges she was brutally raped by drunk police in cells." Uncovering the Truth About Sri Lanka's Civil War: a Painful But Urgent Task, Emanuel Stoakes, 12 Oct 2012
"Grasping an underreported and extremely complex subject, Harrison demonstrates journalism at its best by backing up her emotive portraits with hard facts and figures. As a new UN inquiry calls for further investigation into the atrocities committed by both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil rebel fighters, Harrison tells more than figures ever could by bringing to light the human cost of war." Huffington Post, 3 Oct 2012
"Still Counting the Dead adds a new layer of detail to the conflict. We come to know the 10 survivors intimately and get a sense of what it was like for Tamil civilians living through the horror". Book Review: The War the World Forgot, AlertNet, 1 Oct 2012
An extraordinary book. This dignified, just and unbearable account of the dark heart of Sri Lanka needs to be read by everyone who upholds human rights. As a Sri Lankan myself, knowing what I do about the war, I was very moved by Harrison's beautiful clear prose, her straightforward retelling of the complex situation there, and her refusal to compromise the evidence. Every member of the UN Security Council should be sent a copy of this book - Roma Tearne, author, Mosquito Very important, and very timely... makes the full horror of the last months of the war almost unbearably real - Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and JusticeHarrison demonstrates journalism at its best - Helena Williams, Huffington Post Harrison reclaims the human catastrophe from the statistics - Steve Crawshaw, Observer Gripping and deeply disturbing - Ellen Otzen, Alert Net A heart-breaking read... [This] reminds us of the need to remember this tortured corner of modern history - Emanuel Stoakes, Huffington PostPowerful - James Crabtree, Financial Times" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
FRANCES HARRISON was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and at SOAS and Imperial College in London. For many years she worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC posted in South Asia, South East Asia and Iran. From 2000-4 she was the resident BBC Correspondent in Sri Lanka. She has worked at Amnesty International as Head of News and while writing this book was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University.
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Top Customer Reviews
The worst part has been not being able to fully explain to people what it was like. And this book does it, brilliantly. Please read it. Please tell others to read. Its too late to help those who died and suffered during this dreadful period, but as the book makes clear, the suffering continues under what can only be described as an Apartheid state that no one, until now, seemed to care about.
Be warned, that as recognition of this book grows, so will the ill-informed and hateful comments, no doubt the reviews that feature with no stars. Ranting, irrational attacks on the author and those who like this book. But that, in its own way, is merely illustrating the central thesis of this book.
Each chapter consists of a well written story telling the experience of each survivor and then ends with a couple of pages providing facts and figures on the situation. Thus Frances provides the emotional power and involvement of a short story (but these stories are very real) along with the academic rigour and context of a textbook. Frances' background as a BBC journalist means that she is able to concisely explain the context and nuances of a situation to those not familiar with Sri Lanka.
Frances deftly weaves fact with evocative description taken from interviews with these survivors to uncover the horror of this conflict. The shocking thing about this conflict is that the death toll and the horror of the conflict puts it in the same league as Afghanistan, Iraq or Darfur but few know about it.
It's worth reading and then worth considering why the world kept silent about it.
An excellent piece of writing that rightly condemns the International Community for doing absolutely nothing. For all the talk and rhetoric that has been expounded since the Holocaust, that such events should never happen again - we, as a human race, just never learn.
To read of such horrors, inflicted by both sides, on a people and in a country that I love, will send waves of dispair through any reader who knows of this "serendipitous" island.
How the International Community allowed this to happen is beyond comprehension. How International Governments and Aid Organisations turned away from those in desperate need cannot be understood by mere mortals such as myself.
To see the Country with a Government that is now rife with nepotism has proved to me that any thought of revisiting that land is not going to happen!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent piece of writing. International Community and UN Againces turned away from those in desperate need. Please tell others to read this excellent book.Published 17 months ago by George
Going to Sri Lanka next month, certainly an eye opening read and the nature of the chapters means you can just flip it open and read one story anywhere in the book!Published 17 months ago by R MCNALLY
Amazing , written from a neutral standpoint from the perspective of those who were actually involved and effected. A civil war that effected so many and tore a country apart.Published 18 months ago by Anuja J Gupta
I picked up this book, completely ignorant of the Sri Lanka civil war: ignorant that it had lasted for decades, ignorant of the rocky and ultimately failed peace process brokered... Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2013 by Pale Jesson
Harrison capitalizes on her position as a BBC correspondent to write this biased tome full of half-truths and outright fibs in order to demonize a Sri Lankan government that booted... Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by Indopithecus
The truth about the last months of the rout of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Evidence by the accounts of some of the survivors. Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Lorna Skinner
It has been written by someone who is fully aware of the geography of Sri Lanka in particular the Tamil areas and the political knowledge and ambition of the Sri Lankan Govt. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2013 by Chelliah Krishnamoorthy
many thanks for the writter, the Srilankan governtment with many other countrys help destroyed massive minority population. other serviving peoples still controled armed forcess. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by Thusharaha