Lara Pawson


This is the Place to Be

CB Editions

Lara Pawson’s fearless memoir is told in fragmentary sections that explore her experiences working as a war reporter in Angola and the Ivory Coast, her upbringing in England and intimate aspects of her personal life. The book’s structure creates a collage of memory, juxtaposing questions about the nature of war reporting alongside thoughts about daily life and the nature of close relationships. This is the Place to Be is characterised by Pawson’s unshrinking honesty as she approach the themes of identity, race and class across different continents.

Lara Pawson was born in London. Her first book In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre (2014) was longlisted for the Orwell Prize 2015 and shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2015. This Is the Place to Be is her second book and is shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2017. Her journalism, essays and criticism have been widely published.

‘Brilliant and uncompromising.’

Jonathan Gibbs, The Guardian

‘This original and challenging book is poetic in its structure and layering of ideas. Pawson challenges herself, our notion of the truth, history and memory, as she blends fragmented episodes of personal memoir with her time as a journalist, most notably as a war reporter in Angola.’

Bernardine Evaristo