Olumide Popoola & Annie Holmes
A PEIRENE NOW! COMMISSION - PUBLISHED AUGUST 2016
'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
This is fine, suspenseful fiction springing from human lives in extremis...it possesses a timeless quality, despite its obvious timeliness.' Kapka Kassabova, The Guardian
'breach is a bridge, one that spans both sides of a difficult debate and encourages reasoned and proactive discourse. Tough and tender, subtle yet hard-hitting, these compelling stories matter, and with luck will make a difference.' Malcolm Forbes, The Herald Scotland
160pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published August 2016