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The Exiled

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31st August 2023

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When Ugandan President Idi Amin expelled the country’s entire Asian population in 1972, more than 28,000 people from Britain’s former colony arrived on airstrips around the country and began building new lives – but their incredible stories remained largely hidden. Fifty years later, first and second-generation testimony uncovers an under-explored period of history, touching on colonialism, immigration, identity and modern multiculturalism through the lens of individual experience.

The Exiled: Empire, immigration and how Ugandan Asians changed Britain will be a narrative history with memoir elements, collating first-person experiences of the exodus from Uganda and the global resettlement.
Drawing on first-hand interviews and informed by Lucy’s personal experience, the book uncovers untold stories of resilience and illuminates an essential chapter in British history, in which immigrants reshaped society. It weaves together diverse immigrant stories – including the author’s family’s – to give a fresh understanding of this period’s legacy.

These are untold stories from a hidden period of history, which challenge broader assumptions about migration and identity within the framework of the UK today.

(P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited


Giles Foden, author of THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
A lyrical and penetrating examination of what happened to one family and the Ugandan Asians more broadly
Samira Shackle, author of KARACHI VICE
Weaving together tenderly reported personal stories with the grand sweep of imperial history, this is a compelling and impressive account of a time - and population - often overlooked
Tom Parfitt, author of HIGH CAUCASUS
Full of humanity and touching detail, this is a remarkable and deeply researched exploration of a neglected moment in British social history. Fulford's timely book makes us understand how Idi Amin's expulsion of Ugandan Asians in 1972, and their subsequent treatment in the UK, still reverberate half a century later
Preeti Dhillon
Lucy Fulford's book is a thoroughly researched and careful examination of a monumental and overlooked era of history. Fulford's writing transports the reader to another era, masterfully weaves personal stories within a broader narrative, and shines a light on what it means to be from many places at once in today's Britain.
Lord Gadhia
A brave and cutting account that is an essential read for those interested in the journey of Britain's Ugandan Asian population
Fulford has put in the footwork . . . The book is full of the sights, smells and tastes of what most remember as a lost utopia
Joanna Bourke
Lucy Fulford's new book on the expulsion of Ugandan Asian people is a rich evocation of people, place, and the senses. She not only provides readers with profound reflections on the history of exile and assimilation, but also on modern Britain
Jini Reddy, author of WANDERLAND
Lucy Fulford's book is deeply evocative, rigorously researched, nuanced and authoritative. The stories of those exiled from Uganda, and the reasons why their forefathers emigrated there in the first place, make for a fascinating read. They also form a crucial component of our collective history. The Exiled deserves to be read widely and used as a teaching tool too - history lecturers take note