Socialist Worker

And he knows

by Pat Carmody
Issue No. 1863

Refusal Shoes

Tony Saint Serpent's Tail £10

THIS TIMELY debut novel exposes the immigration service as cynical, ruthless and racist jobsworths. Officers take pleasure out of refusing entry to those who come off the plane with the wrong skin colour and the wrong shoes. The one bad apple theory is rubbished, as Saint paints a whole barrel full of rotten characters from those who manage the system to those who implement immigration policies.

And he should know-he was an immigration officer himself, and he pulls no punches when it comes to relaying his experiences. This is also a decent, funny and well written thriller that will put a smile on the face of anyone who's sick of Blunkett's attacks on asylum seekers.

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Sat 9 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1863
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