The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain

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‘I needed to get to the stopping places, so I needed to get on the road. It was the road where I might at last find out where I belonged.’ Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language; the places they worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people. In a bid to better understand his heritage, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the stopping places – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their much-maligned descendants of today. ‘A beautiful writer who seems born to tell this fascinating story’ Amy Liptrot Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize