More to the Story – conversations with refugees Rosemary Sayer

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More to the Story – conversations with refugees

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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Category

Memoirs and Poetry

Publication Year

2015

Publisher

Margaret River Press

Edition

1st

Format

Paperback

ISBN13

9780994316707

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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.

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 

Rosemary Sayer is a writer, business communications consultant and former journalist. Her third book More to the story - conversations with refugees was published in 2015 by Margaret River Press. She has previously written two biographies including The CEO, the Chairman and the Board (2008) about Trevor Eastwood, the former chairman and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited.

Rosemary is a sessional lecturer and tutor in human rights and writing at Curtin University where she is completing her PhD about refugee life stories.

She is actively involved with a number of organisations that assist refugees and asylum seekers in Western Australia and serves on the board of the Edmund Rice Centre, a not for profit organisation that helps people from refugee and other migrant backgrounds as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Rosemary is a strong supporter of the writing sector, having served six years on the board of writingWA. She was the founder of the philanthropic group The Literary Lions and is a regular contributor to writers’ festivals in Australia and throughout Asia. She was a founding director of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and one of the inaugural patrons of the Man Asian Literary Prize.

More to the Story fulfils its brief admirably: it provides understanding, depth and nuance to a subject that is often discussed in heated headlines.’ Books + Publishing.

‘This is a deeply affecting and timely book..’ Readings

‘There are many stories of tragedy and triumph here that the country might hear one day above the sloganising.’ SMH

‘ A must read!’ writingWA

‘I’d like to think that this book might become widely read.’ ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

‘This is not just a book of powerful stories, but also an important contribution to the history and politics of Australia’s dealings with refugees since the rescue of a boatload of refugees by the Norwegian freighter Tampa in 2001.’ Maureen Helen

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