The Good Listener: Helen Bamber: A Life Against Cruelty

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Faber & Faber, May 15, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 490 pages

'Essential reading... A horrifying account of the worst that human beings can do to each other. Neil Belton's synthesis of biography and history is masterly.' Anthony Storr, Sunday Times

Helen Bamber went to Belson in 1945 to work with survivors of the camp. She was just twenty. Since then her life has been involved with the worst side of the last half-century. In 1985, at the age of sixty, she set up an organisation devoted to helping victims of torture and to bearing witness against the fact of torture. This is her story. It is also a haunting unusual narrative of the post-war world. This 2012 edition offers a new introduction by the author.

'The story of Bamber's life acts as a framework or prism through which some of the worst events of this century of horrors are addressed.' Times Literary Supplement

'[Belton] writes beautifully about an ugly subject... with compassion but also with clarity.' Scotsman


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The rather unorthodox biography of Helen Bamber, a British woman who has devoted her life to supporting the welfare of international victims of torture. In his first book, Belton, an editor at Granta ... Read full review

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Sensitive, moving, and impossible to categorize, this disturbing book is the biography of an obscure but extraordinary British woman who has devoted most of her life to aiding victims of political ... Read full review


Title Page
Preface to the First Edition
The Jigsaw
Grit in the Wheel
The Discipline of Love
A Storm from Paradise
Taking Histories
Poor Ghost
Learned on the Body
Remaking the World

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About the author (2012)

Neil Belton works as an editor for a London publisher. Born in Ireland and educated at University College, Dublin, he now lives in London. This is his first book.

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