Join our book club #BIDREADS to deepen your understanding of issues relating to detention and deportation. 

Our next read is Leah Cowan's ‘Border Nation: A Story of Migration.’ To take part all you need to do is get a copy of the book, start reading and save up all your questions for the online author Q&A to be announced.

You can purchase the book from Housmans or from your local radical bookstore and you can register for the live Q&A here.

If you are unable to work due to your immigration status and would like help with the cost of purchasing the book please email [email protected]

We can’t wait to hear what you think of the book and invite you to share your reflections, questions and favourite quotes on social media using the hashtag #BIDREADS tagging @BIDDetention. 

About Leah:

Leah Cowan is the former Politics Editor at the award-winning magazine gal-dem. She works at Project 17, an advice centre which supports migrant families with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). She speaks on race, gender and migration, including for UN Women, in the House of Commons, and at the Trade Unions Congress, and has written for VICE, OpenDemocracy and the Guardian.

About the book:

'A must-read manifesto for border abolition' - gal-dem

Borders are more than geographical lines - they impact all our lives, whether it's the inhumanity of deportations, or a rise in racist attacks in the wake of the EU referendum. Border Nation shows how oppressive borders must be resisted.

Laying bare the web of media myths that vilify migrants, Leah Cowan dives into the murky waters of corporate profiteering from borders by companies like G4S, and the ramping up of everyday borders through legislation. She looks at their colonial origins, and explores how a draconian approach to border crossings damages our communities.

As borders multiply, so too must resistance. From demonstrations inside detention centres to migrant-led campaigns and acts of cross-border solidarity, people are fighting back to stand up for everyone's freedom to move.

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