Tony Higginson, Owner of WriteBlend Bookshop, Waterloo, Liverpool
What can I say about a book that shouldn’t have to exist, other than I’m glad it does?
This is a story of despair and the frailty of the human condition, and people forced to try for something that really doesn’t exist, and I am so glad it was Rory – rather than someone else – who was there, saw what he saw and says what he says.
In this book, he gives voice to many people: the voices that would otherwise be unheard. We see and hear the political rhetoric; Rory and this book gives us the human perspective and the meaning.
It raises questions for us to consider, including in reference to Libya: ruined by Ghaddafi, then equally ruined by what came after, what we as civilised society thought was right – how wrong can we ever be?
The stories he tells are reported with a sort of abject realism and disbelief, and made me sift through many memories to think, what would I do? His ability to be both dispassionate and objective and yet, still passionate and objective is an example of how to ‘do the right thing’.
He really has been, seen and tried to make a difference. I only hope that now this book exists, many will read it and care and try and do something positive, not just about the horror and terror of misery in far off places, but also at home, where you can do something, prove you are worthy of being a human.
We are one; we are the same, whatever the colour it’s all basically black and white.
By adding colour to the unshaded images we have been presented of the Arab Spring and Libyan Civil War, Rory really makes it just like the most striking documentary you ever watched – sometimes harrowing, but always affecting – and hopefully one that stays with you and you talk about for a long time.