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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Stopping Places, written and read by Damian Le Bas.

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

'I needed to get to the stopping places, so I needed to get on the road. It was the road where I might at last find out where I belonged.'

Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language: the places her family stopped and worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lore of their people. But his own experience of life on the road was limited to Ford Transit journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers.

In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, the history of Britain's Romanies and the rhythms of their life today, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the atchin tans, or stopping places - the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, neon-lit lay-bys to fern-covered banks, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old and their much-maligned descendants of today.

In this powerful and soulful debut, Damian le Bas brings the places, characters and stories of his to bold and vigorous life.

©2018 Damian Le Bas (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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probably my favourite audiobook ever

probably my favourite audiobook ever - so so brilliant. I carried on driving a loop around Cornwall for three hours so I could keep listening!

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The Stopping Places.

I so enjoyed this book ,it was unusual and well presented. I look forward to listening again. Very glad I decided to buy it. :)

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Most enjoyable audiobook ever

I loved Stopping Places. Damian gives such a seemingly honest account of his experiences, balancing the mix of his way of life, giving us an insight into the history and modern day traveller life. His writing is beautiful with the everyday observations of nature, his descriptions and impersonations of the characters he meets and the baring of his feelings. Just loved this, still have half a chapter left to read cos I don’t want to finish it!

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Can well recommend

First heard some highlights on book of the week R4. The full edition is really enjoyable and unravels the secret ways of the true travelling community that are still practiced. Really good narration by the author. Enjoy :)

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great read

I came to this book wanting to listen to a book about British Romanis (owing to my Grandad being one and me know next to nothing about what that was or meant - a common thread in these reviews). I can't say that I got the history lesson I was initially seeking and it took me quite a while to realise what I was listening to but once I did, I realised I was enjoying it a lot 👍

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interesting insight

I really enjoyed this book. well written and read by the author. highly recommended and look foward to reading more from him.

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A new favourite.

A book of great history and adventure! I truly enjoyed it from start to finish.

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Brilliant.

A great piece of gypsy history told by one in know, when a story is told from the inside out, rather than the outside in, its authenticity has no doubt. A rare opportunity to discover what is actually true about a traditional gypsy lifestyle. Loved it.

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Insightful and personal

It didn't really go anywhere, a little bit tortured and sad. Interesting and I felt I learned more about traveller cultures from it.

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Evocative and honest

Evocative and honest telling of a man’s quest to find his place in a world which - on the whole - still struggles to allow his people their rightful claim to the earth. Loved hearing Damian speak his native tongue. His words will stay with me for a long time.