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More to the story is a powerful and timely book that reveals the voices of ordinary Australians who did extraordinary things to survive before coming to this country as refugees and asylum seekers.

Author Rosemary Sayer has written a book that puts a human face to the suffering depicted in the global refugee crisis. Her unease with the negative, often politicised debate dehumanising refugees and asylum seekers led her to go beyond media reports, political speeches and statistics convincing her there was more to the story.  As part of her research Sayer spent time in the refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.

The book combines history, commentary and personal memoir with deeply personal interviews and conversations. More to the Story takes readers on a two and a half year journey with Sayer as she meets and gets to know refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and South Sudan. She asks the questions we would all like to ask.  Sayer helps us identify with the refugees by showing them leading everyday lives in Australia with their families before she skilfully propels the reader into their past stories of bravery, sacrifice and suffering.

The book is written with great empathy and humility, capturing each person’s resilience and strong will to survive.  Despite the sadness, Sayer manages to convey a sense of hope and optimism for those who have made a new life in Australia. 

Long-time human rights campaigner, Julian Burnside AO, QC, writes in his foreword to the book:  “Anyone  who reads this book should try to deal with one serious challenge: imagine yourself in the shoes of a refugee, someone similar to those whose stories are told here…this is not just another book about refugees.”

More to the Story –conversations with refugees makes an important contribution to the national debate about people who, through no fault of their own, have become embroiled in one of the central political and moral issues of our time.

Rosemary Sayer is a former journalist, a business communications consultant and the biographer of Sir Gordon Wu, chairman of Hopewell Holdings, Hong Kong (The Man who Turned the Lights On) and Trevor Eastwood, former chairman and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited (The CEO, the Chairman and the Board). She teaches professional writing at Curtin University and is a board member of not-for-profit organisations supporting refugees (Edmund Rice Centre) and the arts (writingWA) in Western Australia. She has worked extensively throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region, and currently lives in Perth with her husband, Terry Grose

More to the Story - conversations with refugees by Rosemary Sayer

More to the story is a powerful and timely book that reveals the voices of ordinary Australians who did extraordinary things to survive before coming to this country as refugees and asylum seekers.

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Publication Year
2015
Edition
1st
Publisher
Margaret River Press
ISBN13
9780994316707
Format
Paperback (234 x 153 mm)
Category
Memoirs

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