At the same time as I was given Shadow Lives [The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror] by Victoria Brittain to review, I was in the process of reading the Man Booker prizewinning novel Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.
Brittain’s book is about the current lives of women in the UK and US whose husbands or fathers have been interned in Guantanamo Bay, lost in a legal quagmire of Kafkaesque proportions, the result of the war on terror. They are victims of a brutal and heavy-handed legal system.
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Originally published at On Line Opinion on the 11th of March, 2013.