Five Leaves Publications - Romani


by Janna Eliot
ISBN: 978-1905512473, 160 pages

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A scarlet wheel on a blue and green flag, bright against the grey sky. Gisela leaned against the stone balustrade, tired after the journey. She'd forgotten how hectic London was, and wondered how she'd ever managed to cope with the daily commute... But she was glad she'd come. Glad she'd brought Andrej. It was important for her young son to know his roots.

Spokes is made up of stories from across the Traveller world featuring British Gypsies, settled and still travelling; Irish Travellers; East European Roma; and people whose Romani background has remained under wraps in the face of a hostile world. There's an old violinist, a middle-aged mechanic, a young radio presenter, a schoolboy, a retired banker, a tea-lady, and a teacher. Sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, every story is based on real incidents.

Janna Eliot is a member of the Gypsy Council, the Roma Support Group and plays guitar with the London Gypsy Orchestra.

Beneath the Blue Sky
by Dominic Reeve
ISBN: 978-1907869303, 256 pages (New Edition)

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Dominic Reeve's Smoke in the Lanes is a classic account of the old days of horse-drawn Romani wagons, but Travelling people embraced a new world of motors and trailers as the old ways became impossible. Forty years after Smoke in the Lanes Dominic Reeve returned to writing, describing without rose-tinted glasses the way his community struggled to preserve its culture, survive and, if possible, thrive.

"In this fascinating and valuable book, Dominic Reeve once more offers an insight into the world of Travellers." - Roma Virtual Network

Dominic Reeve is well past retirement age within the settled world, but continues to work, selling compost door to door. He wrote four books in the 1950s. Beneath the Blue Sky sold out in its first Five Leaves edition, and is now presented in a new edition. The author's early autobiography will shortly be published. His books can be read as social documents or simply as one Traveller's life during the last forty years.

by Aad Wagenaar
ISBN: 0907123708 , 136 pages


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The image of a young girl looking back from a train is one of the iconic images of the Holocaust. She appears for seven seconds on a film of a transport bound for Auschwitz. Aad Wagenaar, a Dutch journalist, decided to discover the identity of the girl whose image had haunted him all his life.

His task took him two years, leading from the Westerbork transit camp in Holland, to war archives, and to Jews who had survived Auschwitz. It had always been assumed that the girl in the wagon was Jewish. But Wagenaar had been looking in the wrong place. His search led him to the Dutch Sinti (Gypsy) community where he could finally tell the world who the girl was.

The child was Settela, from a Gypsy family, murdered in Auschwitz. She was ten years old. This book is Aad Wagenaar’s account of his search.

Aad Wagenaar is a well-known Dutch press and TV journalist, and historian of WW11. Settela, his sixth book, was made into a Dutch television documentary.

Janna Elliot, who translated Settela, is the author of several books for children.

Ian Hancock writes on the Holocaust (Porrajmos — the Devouring — in Vlax Romani) as it affected the Romani and Sinti people. Dr Hancock teaches Romani studies at the University of Texas. He represents Romanies on the US Holocaust Memorial Council.