Amelia Gentleman is a reporter for The Guardian newspaper. She was named journalist of the year (Press Gazette) and won the 2018 Paul Foot journalism award for her reportage on the Windrush scandal, which led to the downfall of the Home Secretary and the government loosening its ‘hostile environment’ policy for migrants. Her new book tells the stories of Paulette Wilson and many others who had always assumed they were British. She had spent most of her life in London working as a cook; she even worked in the House of Commons’ canteen. How could someone who had lived in England since being a primary school pupil suddenly be classified as an illegal immigrant? In The Windrush Betrayal, Gentleman tells the story of the scandal and exposes deeply disturbing truths about modern Britain.
Also the Orwell Prize and Feature Writer of the Year in the British Press Awards, Amelia Gentleman was previously Delhi correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, and Paris and Moscow correspondent for The Guardian.
Amelia Gentleman (photo: Sophia Spring)