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Three Burials by Anders Lustgarten review – a madcap satire on the refugee crisis

A nurse battles to give a dead Somali refugee a dignified burial as the English police set out to retrieve his body and cover up their crime

With his debut novel, the British playwright Anders Lustgarten proves Orwell’s dictum that “to be funny, indeed, you have got to be serious”.

A loud, populous, madcap satire on Britain’s broken refugee system, the novel takes on white extremism, Covid-19, the decline of the Met and the NHS, gentrification, the Home Office, the EU and migration in all its gritty, blood-soaked details.

It combines political…

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