Home means different things to each of us. These books seek to describe what exile feels like, and how mass migration can change the course of a nation.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The powerful story of the forced migration of farmers from Oklahoma to California in the 1930s, is told through the Joad family, who survive hardship through the power of family, and by showing kindness to strangers.
July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
Gordimer imagines a breakdown in apartheid South Africa, forcing a white family to leave home and seek refuge in the village of their servant, July. With all certainties removed, relationships are redrawn.
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Border by Kapka Kassabova
The writer brings her own experience of displacement – from her home in Bulgaria to New Zealand to Scotland – to a trip along the southern border of Bulgaria, exploring how it has led to expulsions and re-settlements over the centuries, and the legacy this leaves behind.
The Offing by Benjamin Myers
After the Second World War, an enigmatic and gloriously eccentric older woman invites a teenager to live in her shed. With her help, he avoids a future down the mines.