Jonathan Taylor's novel, Entertaining Strangers (Salt Publishing, 2012) has been longlisted in The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize.
Parts of the novel deal with the Great Fire of Smyrna 1922 and how British, American, French and Italian warships and cruisers dealt with the refugees the conflict created.
Jonathan Taylor was at the University of Leicester on February 28 where he and University of Leicester sociology lecturer and author of Refugee Women: Beyond gender versus culture (Routledge, 2012), Dr Leah Bassel gave readings from their respective works and took part in a discussion on the theme, “Refugee Women's Experiences in Fiction and Non-Fiction: a reading in two parts”. The event was held as part of the 2nd University of Leicester Refugee Week.
You can vote for Entertaining Strangers to be shortlisted here.