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The Stopping Places by Damian Le Bas
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Fascinating insight into the history and culture of the British Traveller community. The author himself comes from just such a background, and has grown up with the Romani language, traditions and hand-me-down tales. Very touching memories of his now-settled Nan (and 'Nandad', which is really sweet!). The book is largely a narrative of his personal journey by van to revisit (and reimagine) the 'atchin tans' or stopping places associated with his family and others. Indeed, he brings in Wales, France and Scotland too, so something of interest for everyone. His pilgrimage is not without personal angst- his dual heritage often provokes suspicion in both camps. Nor does he shy away from the current tensions between Traveller and settled communities. A very engaging read and I look forward seeing what Mr Le Bas does next.

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Reading Progress

January 23, 2020 – Started Reading
January 23, 2020 – Shelved
February 2, 2020 – Finished Reading

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