A searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel “extension of prison to home.” And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become. (Noam Chomsky)
This is a window into an invisible world...a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law. (Helena Kennedy QC)
Victoria Brittain's book is a uniquely powerful and moving account of the tragic consequences of policies which flout fundamental rights and the rule of law. It adds a new and deeply disturbing dimension to the story of the response to 9/11. (Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC)
Shadow Lives is a landmark work that takes over your heart and head. In drawing together lives scattered and devastated and made heroic by the 'war on terror', Victoria Brittain, one of the greatest reporters, tells us the truth about these dangerous times. (John Pilger)
Victoria Brittain lived and worked as a journalist in Washington, Nairobi, Saigon, Algiers and London, and has travelled extensively in Africa and the Middle East. She worked at the Guardian for 20 years. She is author of Death of Dignity: Angola’s Civil War (1997), co-author of Moazzam Begg’s Guantanamo memoir, Enemy Combatant (2006) and author and co-author of two verbatim plays.