Part memoir, part commentary, this book reflects on race and racism, identity and belonging, set against the historical, political and social climate of twentieth-century Britain to the present day, along with a personal exploration of what it means to be British as a first-generation immigrant child of Caribbean parents.
Pauline Campbell was brought up on Rice and Peas and Fish and Chips after her parents crossed thousands of miles, leaving the warm shores of the Caribbean, to settle in Britain. In this book Pauline will take the reader on a journey into where her generation has been. A generation of people who at their birth had no idea that the subsequent political events that were taking place throughout their young and adult lives would lead to a tsunami of inequality. It would have a rippling effect on not just them, but the generations that followed, as they along with other immigrants would become pawns in a horrifying game used to secure votes for Labour, Conservatives and rightwing groups. They would be denied the very equality any human should have regardless of the colour of their skin.
Highly personal, yet highly relatable this is a story that many will relate to as the author uncovers modern Britain's racist past across politics, education and law.
A personalised account of race, identity, belonging, aspiration and family set against the backdrop of historical context and political themes.
An engaging, authentic,and accessible writing style, will appeal to general readers from a wide section of first andsecond-generation Jamaicans (and other African-Caribbean countries).
It will appeal to or readers of works such as Gilroy’s ‘Aint no Black…’, as well as more recent titles such as TheGood Immigrant; Afua Hirsch’s Brit(ish)or Akala’s Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, and the personalised accounts of peoplelike Lee Lawrence (The Louder I Will Sing).
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