Wednesday, 3 February 2010

A fine book

Just over a year ago, I wrote about Sharyn, a friend who was in Gaza during the month of Israeli air strikes. She was doing aid work, accompanying ambulances, helping patch up people, protect others by her 'foreign' status. A truly amazing woman. She kept a blog throughout ( ) which has been made into a book! It's called 'Gaza: Beneath the bombs' and is definitely worth getting hold of.
You can see it here.
I was so afraid she might not come out alive from that terrible time and every blog posting, when she could get to any electricity that is, was a huge relief to all who know her. We didn't need to wait for an enquiry to know that white phosphorus was being uesd in one of the most densely populated places in the world. Sharyn witnessed its effects first hand and gave a voice to its silent victims.


Simon said...

I tried to buy it in a branch of Foyles - of whom I expected more - and they said 'oh, we don't do that kind of book'. More fool them.

Sarah Irving said...

That's really sad about Foyles - which used to be a great bookshop and has now descended into miserable sub-Waterstones corporateness, taking the late lamented Silve Moon with it. If you're still after a copy, Simon, and can order online, if you order direct from Pluto (the publisher) here - and put in the code ISM GAZA or FREEGAZA at checkout, Pluto will make a donation to one of those two campaigns.

Anonymous said...

Sarah - Hi! (Was at the book launch in Manc and saw you there)I'm sorry I didn't mention your own very substantial contribution in the making of the book. Congratulations - it was a great idea to make it into a book and the launch was lovely.
- Carrie x