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Our Lives series
A series of books by authors from different cultures about their experiences in their own countries and in Britain

These short and inspirational books provide ideal reading material for those who want to improve their English language and literacy skills and will also appeal to anyone interested in the moving stories of refugees and migrants to Britain.

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Where do I belong
Where do I belong?
By Shabibi Shah

Shabibi Shah came to England with her family from Afghanistan in 1984. In this book she has written her own story of how she was forced to leave her country in traumatic circumstances to make a new start in England. Find out more...
Findings, Keepings
Findings, Keepings
By Ralph Russell

Absorbing and entertaining insights into life through three decades. A Yorkshire country childhood in the 1920s - the scholarship-boy outsider at a public school - communist students in 1930s Cambridge - war time India. Everywhere it is the man himself we meet - his infectious enthusiasm, his irreverent questioning, his enjoyment of simple things. Find out more...
Losses, Gains
Losses, Gains
By Ralph Russell

This book continues the story of Ralph Russell’s life from 1945 when he returned from the war in India, to 1958. It provides a fascinating introduction to a complex period of social and political change. Find out more...
Dear Miss Baird
Dear Miss Baird
By Elizabeth Nussbaum

This delightful book traces the fortunes of a 19th century family over a period of 60 years. A perceptive and intimate account based on family letters, it is also a social history of middle class life, shedding light on some of the most important issues of the age including the status of women and changing attitudes to religion, love and death. Find out more...
Alice Greene: Teacher and Campaigner, South African Correspondence 1887-1902
By John Barham

Alice Greene, aunt of the novelist Graham Greene, was a passionate correspondent, keeping her family in England up-to-date about South African life before and during the Boer War. This book of letters and 1901 diary provide a unique insight into her time in South African at this turbulent moment in its history.

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