Hello and welcome! I’m a writer, ethnographer and curator.
THE INVISIBLE CROWD is my first novel. It explores the stories we tell about immigration, identity and home, and how the realities of life as an asylum seeker compare to mainstream political and media portrayals. Though told through multiple voices, the novel revolves around the story of Yonas, an Eritrean refugee who is smuggled into the UK and finds a way to escape his trafficker and seek asylum. Every other chapter is narrated by a different person whom Yonas encounters in this strange new country that he hopes he will one day be able to call home – they range from a bin man to a teacher, a caseworker and a politician. Some of those people help him, and others don't, but each encounter is transformative. The novel ends in the tribunal hearing that will decide whether or not Yonas will be granted leave to remain. The novel is interwoven with real newspaper headlines about asylum seekers and immigration, and it was inspired by a case I worked on as a barrister, as well as voluntary work with refugees and immigration detainees.
I am hugely grateful to every reader who has said nice things about it. Please do head down to your local bookshop or library to pick up a copy, or ask them to order it in. It's also available on Amazon, where kind reviews are massively appreciated. There’s an audiobook on Audible too, recorded by two excellent actors (with a cameo from me). Just click on the cover below for more information, and scroll on down if you'd like to find out more about my other work.,