Among the Hoods


Harriet Sergeant, author and investor

Harriet Sergeant is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Studies and writes for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times. She is the author of Shanghai, The Old Sow in the Back Room: An Englishwoman in Japan, and Between the Lines: Conversations in South Africa. She lives in London.


Joanna Lumley, narrator

Known by many as Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, actress and activist Joanna Lumley’s (OBE FRGS) further television credits include The New Avengers, Sapphire & Steel, Jam & Jerusalem and Sensitive Skin. Films range from Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), to James and the Giant Peach (1996) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

As an activist for numerous charities, she supports Survival  International and the rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination and sustainable living. With the Gurkha Justice Campaign she helped  achieve a UK right to abode for Nepalese soliders who had fought for the British army. She is a Patron of Tree Aid, the Pastoral and  Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa, and Trust in Children, which helps disadvantaged children access better education and life opportunities.

Preview the who, why, and what of Among the Hoods

Key features

40 images

Short film featuring Harriet and the gang

Narration by Joanna Lumley, Ivanno Jeremiah and Claire Perkins

Six essays on topics like the UK care system, literacy rates, social mobility, and the fate of the boys today


Orson publication date: 2017

File size: 393 MB

Original edition publication date: 2012

Original edition publisher UK: Faber & Faber