Peirene title no 1


Olumide Popoola & Annie Holmes


'The Jungle is like a laboratory.'

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 compelling collection, whose power lies in the layering and intersecting of these stories, which capture frustration and determination, hopelessness and hope.' Alison Moore

‘A tender and fierce display of the best features of writing - insight and grace.’ Maxine Chernoff

'An illuminating collection. These stories challenge the reader to navigate the political and moral greyness of the new frontier that is the migrants' camp, where there is much desperation but no shortage of life's simple moments of wonder and surprise, humour and camaraderie.' Brian Chikwava

'Powerful and important voices that need to be heard by the widest possible audience.' Ardashir Vakil

160pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published August 2016
ISBN: 978-1-908670-32-8
eISBN: 978-1-908670-33-5