Publication Date: 09/06/2022 ISBN: 9780008487546 Category:

The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless

Christina Lamb

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 09/06/2022 ISBN: 9780008487546 Category:
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‘There will be an avalanche of books about the pandemic. None will be as eye-opening or humane or moving as Lamb’s’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

A story of poverty, generosity and worlds colliding in modern Britain

When Covid-19 hit the UK and lockdown was declared, Mike Matthews wondered how his four-star hotel would survive. Then the council called. The British government had launched a programme called ‘ Everyone In ‘ and 33 rough sleepers – many of whom had spent decades on the street – needed beds.The Prince Rupert Hotel would go on to welcome well over 100 people from this community, offering them shelter, good food and a comfy bed during the pandemic.

This is the story of how that luxury hotel spent months locked down with their new guests, many of them traumatised, addicts or suffering from mental illness. As a world-leading foreign correspondent turning her attention to her own country for the first time, Christina Lamb chronicles how extreme situations were handled and how shocking losses were suffered, how romances emerged between guests and how people grappled with their pasts together.

Unexpected and profound, heart-warming and heartbreaking, this is a tale that gives a panoramic insight into modern Britain in all its failures, and people in all their capacities for kindness – even in the most difficult of times.

Publisher Review

Praise for Christina Lamb's Our Bodies, Their Battlefield 'A brave and harrowing book, and were there justice in the world, would be at the top of the bestsellers list for weeks.' Melanie Reid, The Times 'A wake-up call to the magnitude and horrors of rape in war - the world's most neglected war crime. These women's stories will make you weep, and then rage at the world's indifference.' Amal Clooney 'Sharing these stories is necessary and incredibly brave' Sheryl Sandberg 'Christina Lamb has done the impossible - and written women into history ... An extraordinary achievement of in depth journalism, powerful storytelling, grit and heart. A wake up call to the magnitude and horror of rape of women throughout history and the world. If you read one book this year, read this. Astounding.' Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues 'For millennia mass rape has been a weapon of war. But the testimony of abuse is almost entirely absent from all recorded history. At last this brave, beautiful and brutal book allows victims to speak - devastatingly, inspirationally' Bettany Hughes 'This is the most powerful and disturbing book I have ever read. It must have taken courage to research and write this book. Christina Lamb has more than accomplished her duty. It is now our duty to face this terrible truth - that of man's inhumanity to woman.' Anthony Beevor, Spectator 'A timely reminder that better outcomes will come only when we start insisting that these stories are heard' Daily Telegraph

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