Event / In Conversation
Robin De Crespigny
The People Smuggler
Published by: Penguin
In conversation with Margot O’Neill
Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Cost: $10/$7 conc. gleeclub welcome
Book: gleebooks - 9660 2333 or Secure Online Booking
At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, The People Smuggler is one man's epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world.
When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring.
With enormous power and insight, Robin de Crespigny brings to life the forces that drive so many people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands. It is an utterly gripping portrait of a man cut loose from the protections of civilisation, attempting to retain his dignity and humanity while taking whatever path he can out of an impossible position.
Robin will talk with Lateline journalist and author of Blind Conscience, Margot O'Neill, about this remarkable man and how she came to tell his story.