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Living LʼArche by Kevin S Reimer (Continuum, £16.99) This book

is the result of a twoyear study of the L’Arche communities founded by Jean Vanier. In these communities disabled core members live together day in and day out with caregiver assistants.

Kevin Reimer is the first academic to be given access to L’Arche and his study is an important and ground-breaking look at people who have been pushed to the margins of society.

Opening with a foreword by Jean Vanier himself, the book goes on to look at the quotidian experience of those living in these communities and the lessons they have learned from it.

Reimer, a professor of psychology, weaves together narrative, anecdote and analysis to show that compassionate love involves work, risk and commitment but, like all things struggled for, repays us with the possibility of transformation and peace.

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