Immigration issue fires imagination of crime writer

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An author has revealed how eastern European immigration is the inspiration behind her debut novel.

Eva Dolan was in Spalding on Tuesday to talk about her book Long Way Home which deals with issues, including gangmasters, migrant workers, racism and hate crime.

During an authors’ evening at Bookmark in The Crescent, Eva said: “I was quite interested in seeing what would happen if I wrote about people who are demonised and what the world is like from their point of view.

“The two detectives in the book, DI Zigic and DS Ferreira, seem a perfect fit for this world, especially Ferreira who came over to the UK from Portugal as a seven-year-old.

“I needed to follow the trail of immigrants as they came into the UK, went to Peterborough (where the book is set) and how it became a hub for them.”

Tensions over immigration is a theme of Eva’s next novel, due out next year, where a group of migrant workers die in a hit-and-run case.

Eva said: “There are some really nasty things happening to people and you can’t turn away from it.

“The books are about a serious subject matter, but there’s a lot to be optimistic about as well when it comes to immigration.”




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