Out now: breach
by Olumide Popoola & Annie Holmes
“This is fine, suspenseful fiction springing from human lives in extremis…” Kapka Kassabova, The Guardian
“Brave and innovative…” The Bookbinder’s Daughter
“An insightful new book chronicling the plight of refugees… ought to be mandatory reading …” Malcolm Forbes, Herald Scotland
“Easily one of the strongest works of fiction I have read this year.” In Words and Ink
breach -noun: An act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct . A gap in a wall,
barrier, or defence…
breach – verb: Make a gap in and break through (a wall, barrier, or defence). (Of a whale) rise and break through the surface of the water.
‘The Jungle is like a laboratory.’
In the refugee camp known as The Jungle an illusion is being disrupted: that of a neatly ordered world, with those deserving safety and comfort separated from those who need to be kept out.
Calais is a border town. Between France and Britain. Between us and them. The eight short stories in this collection explore the refugee crisis through fiction. They give voice to the hopes and fears of both sides. Dlo and Jan break into refrigerated trucks bound for the UK. Marjorie, a volunteer, is happy to mingle in the camps until her niece goes a step too far. Mariam lies to her mother back home. With humour, insight and empathy breach tackles an issue that we can no longer ignore.
‘This is what fiction is for. These stories refresh difficult territory in ways that other writing cannot reach. Tender, tragic, funny (sometimes), persuasive.’ Sara Maitland
‘A tender and fierce display of the best features of writing – insight and grace.’ Maxine Chernoff
‘Powerful and important voices that need to be heard by the widest possible audience.’ Ardashir Vakil