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Four Feet Under: Untold stories of homelessness in London
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Four Feet Under: Untold stories of homelessness in London (Hardback)

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`Touching, insightful and human - this book demands a social and, above all, a political response' Jon Snow



Tamsen Courtenay spent two months speaking to people who live

on London's streets, the homeless and the destitute - people who feel they are

invisible. With a camera and a cheap audio recorder, she listened as they

chronicled their extraordinary lives, now being lived four feet below most

Londoners, and she set about documenting their stories, which are transcribed

in this book along with intimate photographic portraits.







A builder, a soldier, a transgender woman, a

child and an elderly couple are among those who describe the events

that brought them to the lives they lead now. They speak of childhoods, careers

and relationships; their strengths and weaknesses, dreams and regrets; all with

humour and a startling honesty.







Tamsen's observations and remarkable experiences are threaded throughout. The astonishing people she met

changed her for ever, as they became her heroes, people she grew to respect.

You don't have to go far to find these homegrown exiles: they're at the bottom

of your road. Have you ever wondered how they got there?

Tamsen Courtenay worked as an investigative journalist for the BBC's Panorama and Channel 4's Dispatches. She lives in central Italy, and wrote a blog called Land of the Forgotten Earthquakes about the seismic destruction of her region.

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