A public reading of John Berger’s A Seventh Man in Stratford Library.
Today the book is being republished and will find new readers. Amongst them there will be young migrants who were not born when it was first published. They will easily see what has changed and what has not changed, and they will recognise the heroism, self-respect and despair of the protagonists who could have been their parents. And this recognition will help sustain them in their moments of panic, and, at other moments, increase their indomitable courage. John Berger (born 1926 London, died 2017 France), extract from the preface to 2010 Verso edition of ‘A Seventh Man’ (1974).