Indie non-fiction publisher Canbury Press is crowdfunding through Unbound for a book praising the positive impact of immigration in the UK.
The publisher is seeking £4,000 to support 99 Immigrants Who Made Britain Great by Louis Stewart and Naomi Kenyon.
Canbury said the book aims to change attitudes towards immigrants and tell stories of people from abroad who made a lasting contribution to Britain. Among those featured are Michael Marks who co-founded Marks & Spencer after fleeing pogroms in Russia, and Olympic athlete Mo Farah, who arrived from Somalia aged eight with only a few words of English. Others include the designer of the Mini, Alec Issigonis, Henry Wellcome and children’s author Judith Kerr.
Martin Hickman, m.d. of Canbury Press, explained: “99 Immigrants Who Made Britain Great is a counter-blast to a warped debate about immigration which often ignores the contribution of people from abroad to our arts, culture and economy.
“With a successful crowdfunding, I believe it could become a big hit in UK bookselling, which has shown time and again that it backs intelligent titles that champion progressive values. I’m hoping some people in publishing will personally support the book, too.”
Mathew Clayton, head of publishing at Unbound, said: "We are really excited to be working with Cadbury on this excellent title - it feels like a natural fit for us. The great success we have had with the Good Immigrant shows that there is a real appetite for books like this."
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