The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment

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Paulette Wilson had always assumed she was British. She had spent most of her life in London working as a cook; she even worked in the House of Commons’ canteen. How could someone who had lived in England since being a primary school pupil suddenly be classified as an illegal immigrant? It was only through Amelia Gentleman’s tenacious investigative and campaigning journalism that it emerged that thousands were in Paulette’s position. What united them was that they had all arrived in the UK from the Commonwealth as children in the 1950s and 1960s. In ‘The Windrush Betrayal’, Gentleman tells the story of the scandal and exposes deeply disturbing truths about modern Britain.

ISBN: 9781783351855 Author: Gentleman, Amelia Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing Publication Date: 5th November 2020 Imprint: Guardian Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 325.41 (edition:23) Pages: xi, 335 Language: English Edition: Updated edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , ,

A NEW STATESMAN AND SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING
LONGLISTED FOR THE
BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE

A searing portrait of Britain’s hostile environment by the journalist behind the Windrush exposé.

‘A timely reminder of what truly great journalists can achieve.’
DAVID OLUSOGA

‘[Gentleman’s] reporting proves why an independent press is so vital.’
RENI EDDO-LODGE

‘A book that keeps you informed and makes you angry.’
GARY YOUNGE

‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of this heartbreaking book.’
JAMES O’BRIEN

How do you pack for a one-way journey back to a country you left when you were eleven and have not visited for fifty years?

Amelia Gentleman’s exposé of the Windrush scandal – where thousands of British citizens were wrongly classified as illegal immigrants with life-shattering consequences – shocked the nation and led to the resignation of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary. Here, Gentleman tells the full story for the first time.

‘Essential . . . a damning indictment.’
SIR LENNY HENRY

‘Gentleman boldly chronicles the devastating reality of a scandal that illegalised, imbruted and abandoned British citizens.’
DAVID LAMMY MP

‘I’m thankful for the truth and hope [. . .] in Amelia Gentleman’s The Windrush Betrayal.’
ALI SMITH

‘A devastating account.’
CLAIRE TOMALIN

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