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Partition Voices: Untold British Stories

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Published: September 2020
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Author: Kavita Puri
BIC Subject: Regional & national history
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 29-Sep-2020
Format: Paperback, 320 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781408898987
Stock Code: 8898987
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'The most humane account of partition I've read We need a candid conversation about our past and this is an essential' Nikesh Shukla, Observer

'The book of 2019 that opened my eyes more than anything else. Seminal work, beautifully told' Emily Maitlis


The division of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 into India and Pakistan saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. It happened far away, but it would shape modern Britain.


Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. But their memory of Partition has been shrouded in silence. In her eye-opening and timely work, Kavita Puri uncovers remarkable testimonies from former subjects of the Raj who are now British citizens o including her father.
Weaving a tapestry of human experience over seven decades, Puri reveals a secret history of ruptured families and friendships, extraordinary journeys and daring rescue missions that reverberates with compassion and loss. It is a work that breaks the silence and confronts the difficult truths at the heart of Britain's shared past with South Asia.'The most humane account of partition I've read We need a candid conversation about our past and this is an essential' Nikesh Shukla, Observer

'The book of 2019 that opened my eyes more than anything else. Seminal work, beautifully told' Emily Maitlis


The division of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 into India and Pakistan saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. It happened far away, but it would shape modern Britain.


Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. But their memory of Partition has been shrouded in silence. In her eye-opening and timely work, Kavita Puri uncovers remarkable testimonies from former subjects of the Raj who are now British citizens o including her father.
Weaving a tapestry of human experience over seven decades, Puri reveals a secret history of ruptured families and friendships, extraordinary journeys and daring rescue missions that reverberates with compassion and loss. It is a work that breaks the silence and confronts the difficult truths at the heart of Britain's shared past with South Asia.
Kavita Puri works in BBC Current Affairs and is an awardwinning journalist, executive producer and broadcaster. She wrote and presented the landmark three-part series Partition Voices for BBC Radio 4, which won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. Her critically acclaimed Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket charts the social history of British South Asians from the post-war years. She is currently making a fourth series. While editor of Our World, its foreign documentaries were recognised with awards including the Royal Television Society and the Foreign Press Association. She worked for many years at Newsnight and studied Law at Cambridge University.
 

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