Robin de Crespigny's The People Smuggler is the gripping, inspring story of one man's escape from Saddam's Iraq to become 'the Oskar Schindler of Asia'.
When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadowy world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring. Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune - even romance and heartbreak - Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family. Continually pushed to the limits of his endurance, eventually he must confront what he has been forced to become.
With enormous power and insight, The People Smuggler tells a story of daily heroism, bringing to life the forces that drive so many people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands. At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, this is one man's epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world.
Praise for The People Smuggler
'An astonishing story.'
Sebastian Faulks, New York Times Book Review
'This is a story every Australian should read . . . a complex mixture of love of family and a hard-edged determination to survive in a brutal, unforgiving world.'
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
'The adventures make Les Miserables look like plain sailing. Unforgettable.'
The Guardian (UK)
'The most extraordinary book. It has opened my eyes in a life-changing way.'
'A must-read . . . It's an illuminating tale in the context of the asylum-seeker debate . . . A thriller and an inspirational story.'
Jane Sullivan, Saturday Age
'As gripping as it is chilling.'
Paul Morgan, Australian Book Review
'A story that had to be told.'