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A Harvest of Thorns Paperback – 10 Aug 2017
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A must-read book that uncovers what lies behind what we wear every single day. You will never be able to look at your clothes the same way again (Livia Firth, OXFAM Global Ambassador)
Poignant and engrossing ... Corban Addison will hold you spellbound with his elegant prose from his first word to his last (Wilbur Smith)
A gripping new thriller that unpacks the horrors of exploitation in the garment industry, blending the nailbiting courtroom drama of John Grisham with the emotional heart of Khaled HosseiniSee all Product description
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It starts with a factory fire in Bangladesh, where many are killed. One girl climbs down a makeshift rope from the top floor, but falls and is badly injured. Someone takes a photo of her scrumpled on the ground, and this becomes an iconic image across the world.
The banned factory was making clothes for the huge American brand Presto, as a subcontractor to another Presto supplier. The dangerous conditions were due to Presto demanding the lower prices and fastest turnaround.
Cam is Presto general counsel and starts a hidden campaign to right the way that Presto works. Josh is an award winning journalist who researches conditions of workers in the developing world. Both men have a troubled past. How are they linked?
The story tells of forced labour, rape of vulnerable women by unscrupulous managers, and slave labour working hours.
At the end of the book we're told about a real factory fire in Bangladesh which happened in 2010, where the big companies did nothing for the injured workers or the families of dead workers. So the story is rooted in fact.
This is a really good read, in the mould of John Grisham, which I highly recommend.
The chapters alternate from the perspective of Cameron Alexander, general counsel for the company (Presto) and those of Josh Griswold, a disgrace journalist as they dig deep into the many issues in front of them. As the story moves on, we have some very emotional chapters told through the eyes of people working in factories. The narrative voices are thorough and intellectual, complete with refine vocabulary. With firsthand knowledge of law and journalistic inside we find a plot that flows smoothly and is well- informed. At its heart “A Harvest of Thorns” is a story of two men fighting for what they believe is right and decent while fighting an inner turmoil that is shaking their lives…
After long hours of research, Mr. Addison has created a thought-provoking story where he goes into fine details about the fire and how the people made their fateful decision to break through windows. ”A Harvest of Thorns” was inspired by the 2012 Tazreen fashions factory fire in Bangladesh where more than a 100 workers died and more than 200 were injured.
Mr. Corban, an attorney and human right activist uses fiction to explore social justice themes. In the past he has touched the international sex trade in “A Walk Across the Sun”, the lawless coast of Somalia in “The Tears of Dark Water” and in “The Garden of Burning Sands” the epidemic of child sexual assault in Zambia.
All his stories are eye opening and very captivating.
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