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The Stopping Places

A Journey Through Gypsy Britain

Damian Le Bas

(author)

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'I needed to get to the stopping places, so I needed to get on the road. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their much-maligned descendants of today.
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

'I needed to get to the stopping places, so I needed to get on the road. It was the road where I might at last find out where I belonged.'

Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language; the places they worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people.

In a bid to better understand his heritage, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the stopping places - the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their much-maligned descendants of today.

'A beautiful writer who seems born to tell this fascinating story' Amy Liptrot

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award
Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize

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Book publisherVintage Publishing
Publication date2 May 2019
FormatPaperback
Pages320
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