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Four Feet Under Tamsen Courtenay

Four Feet Under By Tamsen Courtenay

Four Feet Under by Tamsen Courtenay

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The first book of its kind to shed light on the untold lives of London's homeless - a soldier, a transgender woman, a child prostitute and an elderly couple are among those who share their stories

Four Feet Under Summary

Four Feet Under: Untold stories of homelessness in London by Tamsen Courtenay

'Touching, insightful and human - this book demands a social and, above all, a political response' Jon Snow

Tamsen Courtenay spent two months speaking to people who live on London's streets, the homeless and the destitute - people who feel they are invisible. With a camera and a cheap audio recorder, she listened as they chronicled their extraordinary lives, now being lived four feet below most Londoners, and she set about documenting their stories, which are transcribed in this book along with intimate photographic portraits.

A builder, a soldier, a transgender woman, a child and an elderly couple are among those who describe the events that brought them to the lives they lead now. They speak of childhoods, careers and relationships; their strengths and weaknesses, dreams and regrets; all with humour and a startling honesty.

Tamsen's observations and remarkable experiences are threaded throughout. The astonishing people she met changed her for ever, as they became her heroes, people she grew to respect. You don't have to go far to find these homegrown exiles: they're at the bottom of your road. Have you ever wondered how they got there?

Four Feet Under Reviews

  • 'Tamsen Courtenay's shocking, witty and humane book cuts straight through the distraction and denial. Every politician in the country should read it... More than anything, though, the book's message is that homeless people don't just want you to chuck them a quid: they want to be seen, heard and understood. Reading Four Feet Under is a great way of starting to do that. You may feel inspired to go out and ask a few more questions yourself.' Guardian

About Tamsen Courtenay

Tamsen Courtenay worked as an investigative journalist for the BBC's Panorama and Channel 4's Dispatches. She lives in central Italy, and wrote a blog called Land of the Forgotten Earthquakes about the seismic destruction of her region.

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Four Feet Under: Untold stories of homelessness in London by Tamsen Courtenay
Used - Very Good
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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