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From Cornish lay-bys to Oxford University, Damian Le Bas has created a cinematic portrayal of Gypsy Britain

The Stopping Places manages a near-perfect balance of the personal and political

By Morgan Meaker   August 2018
On the move: a gypsy caravan © Jeremy Bolwell

On the move: a gypsy caravan © Jeremy Bolwell

When Damian Le Bas is asked to dance by an older gypsy woman, he reads it as a test: she’s asking him to prove his authentic Gypsy credentials. Throughout his life, people have doubted Le Bas’s Romany heritage. At the beginning of his memoir The Stopping Places, he describes his own pale skin and blue eyes as if they were a betrayal of his roots.

This, his first book, is a delicate…

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