‘Thanks to Alam’s ability to weave individual stories into one coherent protagonist, there’s enough here to give even the most elusive Whitehall cost-cutter a chance to understand what it is to be a community. We, the imagined society, are left to ponder in a world of austerity what we have in abundance – our rich community diversity. The Invisible Village allows us brief, but engaging segments of a host of varied lives, and Alam has intelligently intertwined passion, honesty, inhibitions, hopes and reflections that invites strangers into their own big society.’ – The Student Journals