Far From Home: Stories of the homeless and the search for the heart's true home Mention the word 'homeless' and most people see an old tramp in a doorway but, young and old, many people whose lives seem secure are forced to leave home, for any number of reasons. Others, while having a physical home, experience 'homelessness of the heart,' ill at ease in their own minds or bodies, families or society.
These moving interviews with a diverse selection of honest, intelligent people who have found themseves 'far from home' prompt the reader to think about what home means - not just a roof over our heads but a sense of belonging and identity.
The old ex-serviceman living on the streets; the qualified professional queueing in a soup kitchen; the woman who can't feel at home in her own body; the one who longs to live with 'only my own thoughts in my head;' the family man; the au pair; the divorced and deported, the squatter and the debtor, the redundant and the refugee … All are reminders that security can't be taken for granted and that home means different things to different people.
All these stories highlight the flaws and successes of solutions to homelessness, and heightens awareness of the rootlessness that is part of the human condition.
Sooner or later, we all need to find a way home.