The Good Listener
Helen Bamber went to Belson in 1945 to work with survivors of the camp. She was just twenty. Since then her life has been involved with the worst side of the last half-century. In 1985, at the age of sixty, she set up an organisation devoted to helping victims of torture and to bearing witness against the fact of torture. This is her story. It is also a haunting unusual narrative of the post-war world.
‘A compelling fusion of biography, history and moral debate; an immensely readable, inspiring account of a life lived in the service of humanity.’ Hephzibah Anderson, Jewish Chronicle
‘THE GOOD LISTENER is neither an ordinary biography nor a depressing litany of case studies… the story of Bamber’s life acts as a framework or prism through which some of the worst events of this century of horrors are addressed.’ Malise Ruthven, Times Literary Supplement
‘A tale that dramatises a defining characteristic of our century: the institutional savagery we moderns are still willing to inflict on our enemies (and even those we merely suspect or fear are enemies)…A momentous tale.’ Robert Winder, Independent On Sunday
‘A horrifying account of the worst that human beings can do to each other. Neil Belton’s synthesis of biography and history is masterly…essential reading.’ Anthony Storr, Sunday Times