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The Stopping Places

Written by: Damian Le Bas
Narrated by: Damian Le Bas
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Stopping Places, written and read by Damian Le Bas.

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

'I needed to get to the stopping places, so I needed to get on the road. It was the road where I might at last find out where I belonged.'

Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language: the places her family stopped and worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lore of their people. But his own experience of life on the road was limited to Ford Transit journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers.

In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, the history of Britain's Romanies and the rhythms of their life today, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the atchin tans, or stopping places - the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, neon-lit lay-bys to fern-covered banks, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old and their much-maligned descendants of today.

In this powerful and soulful debut, Damian le Bas brings the places, characters and stories of his to bold and vigorous life.

©2018 Damian Le Bas (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • claire bell
  • 25-09-18

probably my favourite audiobook ever

probably my favourite audiobook ever - so so brilliant. I carried on driving a loop around Cornwall for three hours so I could keep listening!

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  • Mountain Gal
  • 18-06-19

The Stopping Places.

I so enjoyed this book ,it was unusual and well presented. I look forward to listening again. Very glad I decided to buy it. :)

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  • Jay Cono
  • 13-01-19

Most enjoyable audiobook ever

I loved Stopping Places. Damian gives such a seemingly honest account of his experiences, balancing the mix of his way of life, giving us an insight into the history and modern day traveller life. His writing is beautiful with the everyday observations of nature, his descriptions and impersonations of the characters he meets and the baring of his feelings. Just loved this, still have half a chapter left to read cos I don’t want to finish it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-18

Can well recommend

First heard some highlights on book of the week R4. The full edition is really enjoyable and unravels the secret ways of the true travelling community that are still practiced. Really good narration by the author. Enjoy :)

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  • Rebecca
  • 08-10-19

Enjoyable audio book

An enjoyable journey and beautifully narrated by the author. Gives an insight into the language and life.

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  • Sarah Wolfe
  • 17-09-19

Recommended by an actual Traveller

The world of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in the UK is little understood and much mischaricterised. Through the medium of a self-exploratory road trip this audiobook covers almost every salient point pertaining to Traveller life in the UK, both as it is today and historically. Le Bas gives a gentle but spellbinding spoken performance. This is the book our peoples need your peoples to read. It's raw enough not to shy away from some of the harder realities (for example the association of Travellers with theiving, confronted frankly within the first few chapters) but soft enough that maybe, just maybe, the warmth, diversity and resilience of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people might at last be visible to the settled majorities of the UK. Get this audiobook, not because I would like you to have it, but because you will like it, you will enjoy it. It is spoken beautifully.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-19

enjoyed this

really enjoyed this. great that it was read by the author too. kept reminding me of my childhood with the sayings and words... great thanks

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  • Jo
  • 11-08-19

inciteful

I had no idea about Romany culture,now I would like to know more. Feels like the kind of searching for identity described in the pages would resonate in many.

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  • Lord Peridot
  • 16-07-19

A traveller's tale

This is a charming, wistful account of the life past & present of Roma travellers in Britain, written by a native Roma man, Damian Le Bas. The reader learns through his eyes the pains and joys of being a Roma in the modern world. And he makes no bones about the Roma being his people and how they will always be a people unto themselves. Though you wouldn't know it from his diction which sounds as English as the rest of us. Besides having a poet's skill for painting the scenes he passes through Le Bas brings much good humour and a genuine flair for philosophy to his writing.

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  • Ms Elaine C Clarke
  • 04-04-19

The title intrigued me..

Corker of a book! Interesting, well written and hard to put down. Thoroughly enjoyed it.