Amelia Gentleman: Windrush – A Very British Betrayal
From the gnawing dread of the red-stamped letter to the shocking closed-door deportations of our fellow citizens, it’s hard to imagine a tragedy more of our times than the Windrush Scandal.
A perfect storm of hostile policy-making and an ‘institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness towards the issue of race,’ were it not for the tenacious reporting of the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman, the scandal that incensed a nation might have rumbled on unchecked. In The Windrush Betrayal, she expands on her Orwell Prize-winning journalism with a page-turner that fearlessly probes the morality of modern Britain, just as we are forced to examine once again who we are, and how we got here.
Amelia Gentleman talks to Matthew Ryder QC, the barrister who represented Stephen Lawrence's family in their claim against the Metropolitan Police.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A.
Book Festival News
Friday 16 February