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Dalila

Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Irene Dalila Mwathi comes from Kenya with a brutally violent personal history. Once she wanted to be a journalist; now all she wants is to be safe.

When she finally arrives, bewildered, in London, she is attacked by the very people paid to protect her, and she has no choice but to step out on her own into this strange new world. Through a dizzying array of interviews, lawyer's meetings, regulations and detention centres, she realises that what she faces may be no less dangerous than the violence she has fled.

Written with grace, humour and compassion, this timely and thought-provoking novel tackles its uncomfortable subject matter in a deeply affecting way. A book about forging dignity in a world of tragedy, and raising issues about immigration and asylum seekers through the story of one woman's plight, Dalila is a necessary tale of our times. It is also a work of great literary power: a slow-burning, spellbinding novel about how we treat the vulnerable and dispossessed that will leave its listeners devastated.

©2017 Jason Donald (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A thought provoking roller coaster

I chose this book in audio format. I listened before , after & on the way to work. I was absolutely drawn in to each character and felt I really got to know them. A thought provoking and emotional read.

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Stunning and Saddening and also quite Sickening.

This was unputdownable. A first person perspective of what it is like to flee violence and persecution, seeking asylum in the UK only to be treated as criminal until proven otherwise or until the Home Office can find a way to reject you using fair means or foul so they can meet their quota or agendas.

The narrator in this is absolutely incredible.