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George Alagiah

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George Alagiah is one of the BBC's most senior journalists and is the main presenter of the Six O'Clock News. His family were Sri Lankan Tamils who moved to Ghana when he was six to avoid persecution before settling in Britain five years later.

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2007

Sunday, 25 February 2007

Andrew Miller’s great grand-parents emigrated from Eastern Europe to the East End of London. In The Earl of Petticoat Lane, he tells the amazing story of his grandfather, from barrow boy to high society. In his autobiography, A Home from Home: from Immigrant Boy to English Man, George Alagiah, looks back on his own journey.

Both authors compared immigrant experiences and discussed whether the once inclusive British society is in danger of becoming apartheid UK.

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Video

 
Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.