- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (4 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846274699
- ISBN-13: 978-1846274695
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.8 x 15.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka's Hidden War Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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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 Justice
Harrison 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 Post
Powerful - James Crabtree, Financial Times
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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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
Written by BBC journalist Frances Harrison, this is a very vivid and front line account of the civil war in Sri Lanka and doesn't pull any punches. Read morePublished 14 months ago by F1Hertz
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 on 12 Sept. 2014 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 on 20 Aug. 2014 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 on 9 Aug. 2014 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