LINES IN THE SAND: COL­LECTED JOUR­NAL­ISM by A. A. Gill, Ha­chette.

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A. A. Gill was not the ob­vi­ous choice to cover hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­as­ters. Early on, an ed­i­tor im­plored him not to go to a famine in South Su­dan, say­ing send­ing a food critic “was just bad taste”. But this so­phis­ti­cated, de­bonair man, who died last De­cem­ber, had a depth of com­pas­sion, clear-sight­ed­ness and a tal­ent for putting his ob­ser­va­tions in writ­ing. A chief of po­lice in Greece is “a fat, in­can­des­cent bully who stomps around scream­ing, shov­ing and jab­bing at the refugees”, who pla­cate him “like small grand­par­ents calm­ing a huge, hys­ter­i­cal tod­dler”. It’s rare we see refugees as in­di­vid­u­als, but in Lines in the Sand they’re never a mass of face­less hu­man­ity. A pow­er­ful book that de­mands to be read.

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