Author(s): Ellen Wiles
`A fierce, big-hearted novel.' Joe Treasure, author of The Book of Air
`Sensitive, affecting' Francesca Rhydderch, author of The Rice Paper Diaries'A deeply felt novel' Tim Finch,author of The House of Jounalists
2nd March 1975
In Asmara, Eritrea, Yonas Kelati is born into a world of turmoil. At the same time, on the same day, Jude Munroe takes her first breath in London, England.
Thirty Years Later
Blacklisted in his war-ravaged country, Yonas has no option but to flee his home. After a terrible journey, he arrives on a bleak English coast.
By a twist of fate, Yonas' asylum case lands on Jude's desk. Opening the file, she finds a patchwork of witness statements from those who met Yonas along his journey: a lifetime the same length of hers, reduced to a few scraps of paper.
Soon, Jude will stand up in court and tell Yonas' story. How she tells it will change his life forever.
Fearless, uplifting and compelling, The Invisible Crowd is a powerful debut novel about loyalty, kindness - and the brief moments which define our lives.
`A fierce, big-hearted novel that celebrates the power of compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. It takes a special gift to explore an issue so urgent and so complex in such an emotionally satisfying way. Ellen Wiles has this gift.' Joe Treasure, author of The Book of Air `A sensitive, affecting novel, which looks behind the headlines to explore the experience of an asylum seeker in the UK' Francesca Rhydderch, author of The Rice Paper Diaries 'A deeply felt novel using a technique that literally 'gets behind the headlines' on asylum' Tim Finch,author of The House of Jounalists
Ellen Wiles was born in 1981 and grew up in Reading. Hoping to "change the world", she did a Masters in law and human rights at UCL, and became a barrister at a London chambers, disappearing off periodically to work with Bushmen in Botswana and Burmese refugees in a camp in Thailand. She is the author of Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition (Columbia University Press, 2015) which includes new translations of novel extracts, stories and poems as well as extended interviews and descriptions of the place and the people. This is her first novel.