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Book Talk: The Island of Extraordinary Captives by Simon Parkin


22 Feb 2023, 5:00pm





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Proudly co-hosted by the Holocaust Centre North and the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for History Culture and Memory, we will hear from award-winning British author and journalist, Simon Parkin, about his book which explores the interment of ‘enemy aliens’ on the Isle of Man during the Second World War.

In his new book, The Island of Extraordinary Captives, Parkin tells the story of history’s most astonishing internment camp – Hutchinson, on the Isle of Man – and of how a group of world-renowned artists, musicians, and academics came to be seen as enemy aliens. It is the story of a battle between fear and compassion at a time of national crisis. It reveals how Britain’s treatment of refugees during the Second World War led to one of the nation’s most shameful missteps, and how hope and creativity can flourish in even the most challenging circumstances.

Our speaker, Simon Parkin, is an award-winning British journalist and author. A contributing writer for the New Yorker, he regularly writes for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. His previous nonfiction book, A Game of Birds and Wolves, was shortlisted for The Mountbatten Prize. He is the recipient of two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Parkin lives in West Sussex, England.

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