Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History
Paperback Published on: 01/10/2020
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A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 'Prickles with beautiful, comic and brutal details' - The Observer Homecoming draws on over a hundred first-hand interviews, archival recordings and memoirs by the women and men who came to Britain from the West Indies between the late 1940s and the early 1960s. In their own words, we witness the transition from the optimism of the first post-war arrivals to the race riots of the late 1950s. We hear from nurses in Manchester; bus drivers in Bristol; seamstresses in Birmingham; teachers in Croydon; dockers in Cardiff; inter-racial lovers in High Wycombe, and Carnival Queens in Leeds. These are stories of hope and regret, of triumphs and challenges, brimming with humour, anger and wisdom. Together, they reveal a rich tapestry of Caribbean British lives. Homecoming is an unforgettable portrait of a generation, which brilliantly illuminates an essential and much-misunderstood chapter of our history.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784709136
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 223g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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Interesting history
This is a fascinating book of interviews of men and women who came to Britain in the late 1940's to early 1960's from the West Indies - the Windrush genera... READ MORE
Angie Wilkes
Not the warmest of welcomes.
The Windrush Generation is getting older and it's really important that its voices are heard and their stories are told. At a time when more and more peopl... READ MORE
Barbara L
Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this important and timely book. The putting toget... READ MORE
Ms Walker
You think you know about Windrush? You don't know nothing!
I came to this book having written a chapter on the British Caribbean for a school coursebook in 2019, having wowed my colleagues with my research and read... READ MORE
Gerald Kenny
Book Review Homecoming by Colin Grant-Tuesday 8 November 2022 by Samuel Miller
As a second-generation black Briton, I remember listening to stories from both my parents as I was growing up, of how life was in Jamaica for my parents in... READ MORE
Samuel Miller