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Ellen Wiles - Author

About the Author

Ellen Wiles was born in 1981 and grew up in Reading. Hoping to change the world , she did a Masters in law and human rights at UCL, and became a barrister at a London chambers, disappearing off periodically to work with Bushmen in Botswana and Burmese refugees in a camp in Thailand. She is the author of Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition (Columbia University Press, 2015) which includes new translations of novel extracts, stories and poems as well as extended interviews and descriptions of the place and the people. This is her first novel.

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The Invisible Crowd

The Invisible Crowd

Author: Ellen Wiles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

`A fierce, big-hearted novel.' Joe Treasure, author of The Book of Air `Pushes us to find our kinder selves.' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You `A wonderful book.' Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council One of the Guardian's Readers' Books of the Year Long listed for Not the Booker Prize Awarded the Victor Turner Prize in 2018 2nd March 1975 In Asmara, Eritrea, Yonas Kelati is born into a world of turmoil. At the same time, on the same day, Jude Munroe takes her first breath in London, England. Thirty Years Later Blacklisted in his war-ravaged country, Yonas has no option but to flee his home. After a terrible journey, he arrives on a bleak English coast. By a twist of fate, Yonas' asylum case lands on Jude's desk. Opening the file, she finds a patchwork of witness statements from those who met Yonas along his journey: a lifetime the same length of hers, reduced to a few scraps of paper. Soon, Jude will stand up in court and tell Yonas' story. How she tells it will change his life forever. Fearless, uplifting and compelling, The Invisible Crowd is a powerful debut novel about loyalty, kindness - and the brief moments which define our lives. Amazon reviewers love The Invisible Crowd: `One of the best novels I've read this year.' `I found myself absorbed from page one.' `A delight to read while also being thought provoking and super relevant.' `Beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant, I highly recommend it.' `A debut novel with a huge heart.' `The Invisible Crowd is compelling from the first page and will pull your heart kicking and screaming through the turmoil of finding a home, safety, and love.'

The Invisible Crowd

The Invisible Crowd

Author: Ellen Wiles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

`A fierce, big-hearted novel.' Joe Treasure, author of The Book of Air `Pushes us to find our kinder selves.' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You `A wonderful book.' Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council One of the Guardian's Readers' Books of the Year Long listed for Not the Booker Prize Awarded the Victor Turner Prize in 2018 2nd March 1975 In Asmara, Eritrea, Yonas Kelati is born into a world of turmoil. At the same time, on the same day, Jude Munroe takes her first breath in London, England. Thirty Years Later Blacklisted in his war-ravaged country, Yonas has no option but to flee his home. After a terrible journey, he arrives on a bleak English coast. By a twist of fate, Yonas' asylum case lands on Jude's desk. Opening the file, she finds a patchwork of witness statements from those who met Yonas along his journey: a lifetime the same length of hers, reduced to a few scraps of paper. Soon, Jude will stand up in court and tell Yonas' story. How she tells it will change his life forever. Fearless, uplifting and compelling, The Invisible Crowd is a powerful debut novel about loyalty, kindness - and the brief moments which define our lives. Amazon reviewers love The Invisible Crowd: `One of the best novels I've read this year.' `I found myself absorbed from page one.' `A delight to read while also being thought provoking and super relevant.' `Beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant, I highly recommend it.' `A debut novel with a huge heart.' `The Invisible Crowd is compelling from the first page and will pull your heart kicking and screaming through the turmoil of finding a home, safety, and love.'

Invisible Crowd

Invisible Crowd

Author: Ellen Wiles Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

In Asmara, Eritrea, Yonas Kelati is born into a world of turmoil. At the same time, on the same day, Jude Munroe takes her first breath in London, England.Thirty Years LaterBlacklisted in his war-ravaged country, Yonas has no option but to flee his home. After a terrible journey, he arrives on a bleak English coast.By a twist of fate, Yonas' asylum case lands on Jude's desk. Opening the file, she finds a patchwork of witness statements from those who met Yonas along his journey: a lifetime the same length of hers, reduced to a few scraps of paper. Soon, Jude will stand up in court and tell Yonas' story. How she tells it will change his life forever.Fearless, uplifting and compelling, The Invisible Crowd is a powerful debut novel about loyalty, kindness - and the brief moments which define our lives.

Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition

Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition

Author: Ellen Wiles Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2015

This book tells an ethnographic story of a secret literary culture that has recently emerged from its cocoon. Until 2012, Myanmar (also known as Burma) was ruled for fifty years by one of the most paranoid and repressive censorship regimes in history. The military junta enforced strict reading and writing restrictions in line with their ideology, feared writers' potential to trigger change, and did their best to keep Western books and influences out of the country. As part of an unexpected move toward democracy, the government has recently lifted the worst restrictions on reading and writing, giving rise to a new era in the country's literature and literary culture. While living in Myanmar in 2013, Ellen Wiles sought out the best of its contemporary writers and writing to begin uncovering the country's remarkable literary life and history. This book contains the experiences and recent output of nine Myanmar writers spanning three generations, featuring interviews and English-language translations of their work, along with political, legal, and artistic explorations. It includes men and women, fiction and poetry, reflecting the ripples of political and cultural change as they have moved across different groups and genres. A rare portrait of a people and place in transition, Wiles's work contributes both to the study of literature and culture in Myanmar and to the general study of art under censorship.

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