The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless
A story of worlds colliding and a snapshot of modern Britain – with all its goodness and warmth, and all its problems.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the government launched its ‘Everyone In’ programme, aiming to house the homeless through lockdown. The Prince Rupert, a 4* hotel in Shrewsbury with four poster beds and suits of armour, were asked to play their part and host 33 rough sleepers.
This is the story of how the hotel owners and rough sleepers – many of whom had been out of housing for decades – spent months locked in together and wound up transforming each other’s lives.
Unexpected and profound, heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is a tale that encapsulates Britain. Captured by Christina Lamb, the acclaimed author and Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent, it gives a panoramic insight into this country, its people and how they are often failed.
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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