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400 pages, Paperback
First published July 28, 2016
It's so much easier to live in a world where everything is black and white.
I'm grateful that I made it to a country that offers peace, but what upsets me is that it offers peace to some and not others. That's the way the world works, isn't it? A lottery of winners and losers.
"I'm not going to do the refugee myth-busting thing with you. If you're still running those slogans, you're the one with work to do, not me."
"There's a lot of ugliness under this sky. But there's plenty of beauty here too. I want to find it, spread it around, all over the cruelty and injustice. I want to shake this world like a can of lemonade, pop the lid and watch the bubbles explode." p.337
"Michael, it's like this soup I'm cooking. The dominant flavour is asparagus. I've got other spices and flavours in here too because that's what makes the soup so rich and flavoursome. But they complement the asparagus rather than take over." - p.172
"When we eventually say goodbye it feels like we're actually at the start of something, not the end. There's so much promise in her goodbye that it makes my insides feel all funny." p.242
"Maybe you only get one chance at meeting somebody who really gets inside you, wakes corners of your mind and heart that you didn't know were asleep." p.241
"Do you ever stop being a refugee? Even if at some point in your life the place of refuge becomes home?"