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on 22 August 2013
I'm sure there have been other books on the history of travellers and gypsies in the UK, but I doubt if any of them have been quite as thoroughly researched and well-written as No Place To Call Home. It is both a fascinating history and an insider's account of one of the most significant pieces of social history of the 21st century, the Dale Farm evictions. The section of the book on the day of the evictions is an absolute tour-de-force of journalistic non-fiction, and - in my view - one of the best pieces of in-depth investigative reporting I've read. As a former colleague of Katharine's, I know how much time she has invested in getting to know the families she has written about over the last seven years. But as with all her work, and like any good journalist, she seeks the views of both sides, and listens to them, too. It's the kind of work that reminds journalists why they became journalists. I hope it's successful, if only because I am desperate for her to write another book. No Place To Call Home is a worthy follow-up to Scapegoat, her searing expose of disability hate crime. Just like her first book, another account of a fight for social justice, it is full of anger,frustration, empathy,and hope.
John Pring, editor, Disability News Service