The People Smuggler

At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, this book The People Smuggler is one man’s epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world.

When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring.

Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune – even romance and heartbreak – Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family. Continually pushed to the limits of his endurance, eventually he must confront what he has been forced to become. With enormous power and insight, The People Smuggler tells a story of daily heroism, bringing to life the forces that drive so many people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands. It is an utterly gripping portrait of a man cut loose from the protections of civilisation, attempting to retain his dignity and humanity while taking whatever path he can out of an impossible position.

The People Smuggler won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Non-Fiction 2013 and the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature. ‘An epic story full of dramatic reversals and cinematic cliff hangers… Ali emerges as an unlikely but true blue hero: resilient, loyal to his mates and protective of those weaker than himself, canny, resourceful, unafraid of sacrifice, a man of honour…’ Jose Borghino, The Australian ‘This is a story every Australian should read… a complex mixture of love of family and a hard-edged determination to survive in a brutal, unforgiving world.’ Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald

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The People Smuggler
The People Smuggler