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At a time when British identity and immigration dominates the headlines, this timely and importan... Read More

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At a time when British identity and immigration dominates the headlines, this timely and important book brings to the fore the seldom-told but shared history between South Asia and Britain. Although Partition happened far away, it is a very British story, and it shapes the identity of second and third generation South Asians todayBased on original interviews for the award-winning, landmark BBC Radio 4 series - the series had a wide impact, prompting many more British Asians to reach out and share their storiesThe collected testimonies are of historical and cultural significance, and the full interviews are in the process of being archived by the British Library Sound ArchiveFor readers of Black and British by David Olusoga (11,298 TCM) and Lovers and Strangers by Clair Wills (2,345 TCM)This revised edition, publishing on the 75th anniversary of partition, will coincide with an updated version of the award-winning radio series Partition Voices on Radio 4 in the summer of 2022The revised edition will include new material. The author will extend the stories of those interviewed in the 2017 edition, and will write additional chapters.Kavita Puri is an award-winning BBC journalist, executive producer and broadcaster. She presents documentaries on Radio 4 and the World Service including The Inquiry. She devised, wrote and presented the landmark three-part series Partition Voices for 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. It is on its fifth 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.'Puri does profound and elegant work bringing forgotten narratives back to life. It's hard to convey just how important this book is' Sathnam Sanghera 'The most humane account of partition I've read . We need a candid conversation about our past and this is an essential starting point' Nikesh Shukla, Observer 'Opens a fascinating and necessary conversation about contemporary Britain and its people' Times Literary Supplement ________________________ 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 - including her own 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. In this revised edition, publishing on the seventy-fifth anniversary of partition, Kavita Puri conducts a vital reappraisal of empire, revisits the stories of those collected in the 2017 edition, and reflects on recent developments from the past five years.Poignant and powerful, these collected testimonies break the silence that has reigned for decades around one of the most catastrophic events of the twentieth century and reveal its enduring legacy in contemporary BritainPuri does profound and elegant work bringing forgotten narratives back to life. It's hard to convey just how important this book isProbably the closest thing to a partition memorial . Heartfelt and beautifully judgedKavita Puri's book is the most humane account of partition I've read . Partition Voices is important because Puri does not flinch as she dissects the tumultuous event, never shying away from the trauma . We need a candid conversation about our past and this is an essential starting pointOpens a fascinating and necessary conversation about contemporary Britain and its people - where they have come from, what they have done, and who they may now want to beAn original and moving collection of testimonies from British Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus about the transformative era of India's partitionWith a masterful mix of history, biography and contemporary reportage, Puri crafts a fascinating account of the living memory of South Asia in modern Britain. This book brings together a rich and disparate chronicle of lives ripped apart and remade by the trauma of partition, and deftly traces how the diaspora of post-colonial India and Pakistan helped to reshape the UK. Perceptive, enriching, shocking and joyful, Puri's is a powerful and courageous book for multicultural BritainConfronts the difficult truths at the heart of Britain's shared - and often ignored - shared history with South AsiaAn important book ... Changed the way I see the worldAn intimate, moving and important book by a daughter of partition. Kavita Puri reveals untold stories of those who lived through one of the most violent political earthquakes of the twentieth century. These are stories we need to hearThis collection reveals how families are still impacted generations down the line and is a crucial read for understanding South Asian history An amazing, deeply moving book The most extraordinary book. The prologue already had me in tears. This is history - often being told out loud for the very first time ... The book of 2019 that opened my eyes more than anything else. Seminal work, beautifully toldA powerful and timely work. Kavita Puri coaxes often unspeakable and unspoken memories from a time of unimaginable trauma. A must-read for those interested in the fault lines in today's geopoliticsPowerful, compelling and heartbreaking - these are stories of division and conflict rescued from the past that offer valuable lessons for the presentPartition Voices takes its place alongside other valuable books on partition such as Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan and Urvashi Butalia's The Other Side of SilenceAn evocative book that leaves you breathless with its human predicament and gives voice to stories long held prisoner to silence ... Nobody has ever brought out the stories of South Asians now settled in the United Kingdom ... Kudos to Kavita Puri for documenting Partition's lasting legacy in Britain, an irony in itself. It is a unique book, one that lives with you long after the stories endPuri's excellent book is a welcome antidote to British amnesia over its colonial legacy. Partition is not just an Indian story, it is a British one tooAn important document of those turbulent times - raw and unbiasedPartition Voices is a book of witness and testimony that should have the widest readership possible. It brings the difficulty of how we pass on stories across generations into a moving and beautiful focus ... An essential book, remarkable in its reach and power

Product Details

Title: Partition Voices
Author: Kavita Puri
SKU: BK0459628
EAN: 9781526659286
Language: English

About Author

Kavita Puri is an award-winning BBC journalist, executive producer and broadcaster. She presents documentaries on Radio 4 and the World Service including The Inquiry. She devised, wrote and presented the landmark three-part series Partition Voices for Radio 4, which won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. It is currently being adapted for the stage by the Donmar Warehouse in London with Tara Theatre. She is the creator and presenter of the critically acclaimed Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket, which charts the social history of British South Asians from the post-war years. It is on its fifth 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. @kavpuri

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