OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson
by Julian Burnside | May 10, 2016

On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback)
Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
It is a terrific book. Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?”

Here is my speech at the launch.
I have launched quite a few books in my time. I always read a book before launching it. It can be a chore, at times.

I have never launched a book which is as compelling as Offshore.
I thought I knew a fair bit about the treatment of asylum seekers in Manus and Nauru. But Offshore brings together so many compelling details, many of which I was unaware of, that I was torn: part of me could not put the book down; part of me could not cope with more and more searing detail of our cruelty to men, women and children who have had the courage to risk their lives on the ocean in a search for a safe place to live.

This book is meticulously documented: every assertion of fact is attributed to a verifiable source. In fact, this must be the only book ever published which has nearly 100 pages of footnotes, but is genuinely compelling to read.

Read Julian Burnside’s speech

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