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Charlotte McDonald-Gibson is a journalist and author of Cast Away: Stories of Survival From Europe's Refugee Crisis, a critically-acclaimed examination of the refugee crisis facing Europe, told through the eyes of those who survived the journey.

After 20 years working as a foreign correspondent in three continents, she is now based in The Netherlands, and her second book, Far Out: The Lives of Former Extremists and What They Teach Us, an examination of the causes of extremism, was published by Granta in 2022.  

She continues to write for a variety of publications, and her reportage, analysis and opinion pieces have appeared in outlets including Monocle magazine, TIME magazine, The New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian and The Irish Times. 

An experienced public speaker, she is also a regular TV and radio commentator, with appearances on Monocle Radio, Sky News, various BBC TV and radio channels, France 24, and others. 

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I'm delighted to announce the publication of my new book,

Far Out: Encounters with Extremists, which explores what draws people to extreme beliefs on the edges of society – and what can pull them back again.

In Far Out, we meet eight people from across religious, ideological, and national divides who found themselves drawn to radical beliefs. By immersing us in their stories, I hope to challenge our ideas of who or what an extremist is, and shows us not only what we can do to prevent extremism in the future, but how we can start healing the rifts in our world today.

Find our more on the Books section this website. 


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