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Patrick Kingsley

'I found Patrick Kingsley's book tremendously impressive, combining a survey of the whole field of the present refugee crisis with narratives that really count: those of individuals caught up in these great movements of people. The details are vivid, sometimes shocking, always telling; and the desperation and courage of those such as Hashem al-Souki is profoundlly moving. The story of what lies behind the continuing and appalling news from the Mediterranean has rarely been told so strongly.'

Philip Pullman

Patrick Kingsley is a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, and was previously the Guardian’s inaugural migration correspondent. He was named Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year at the 2015 British Journalism Awards and is a past winner of the Frontline Club Aware for print journalism. The Guardian’s former Egypt correspondent, Patrick has reported from more than twenty-five countries, including Denmark, where he wrote a travel book called How to be Danish. He was born in 1989, and lives in Istanbul.


Books by Patrick Kingsley

The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis

Rights : Guardian Faber (WR), Norton (US), Volante (Sweden), Diamond Inc. (Japan), C. H. Beck (German), Uitgever Q (Dutch), Deusto/Planeta (Spain), Relogio D'Agua (Portugal), Kniha Zlin (Czech), Profil D.O.O. (Croatia), Audible (UK Audio), Random House Audio (NA Audio)


‘Patrick Kingsley writes from right inside the greatest movement of humanity in crisis to strike the Mediterranean and Europe since the Second World War. We suffer the lives so many suffered both at sea and on land, and suffer too the shifting response from the rest of humanity. He dis-entangles the individual from the mass. This is a unique journalistic achievement speeding urgent insight, understanding, and wake up calls for the rest of us who sleep easy in our beds at night.’
Jon Snow

‘A must read for our times.’
Yanis Varoufakis

‘Patrick Kingsley weaves the stories of refugees, smugglers and migrants into an extraordinary tapestry. His book helps us understand the feelings and fears of those caught up in one of the great mass migrations of history - required reading for anyone who wants to go beyond the headlines.’
Lindsey Hilsum


The definitive book on the refugee crisis, from the Guardian's award-winning migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley.

Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II - and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than the Guardian's migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. Throughout 2015, Kingsley travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making epic odysseys across deserts, seas and mountains to reach the holy grail of Europe.

This is Kingsley's unparalleled account of who these voyagers are. It's about why they keep coming, and how they do it. It's about the smugglers who help them on their way, and the coastguards who rescue them at the other end. The volunteers that feed them, the hoteliers that house them, and the border guards trying to keep them out. And the politicians looking the other way.

The New Odyssey is a work of original, bold reporting written with a perfect mix of compassion and authority by the journalist who knows the subject better than any other.