Using Shakespeare's "The Tempest" as a powerful frame of reference, Sinclair riffs on this notion of savagery as she evokes her childhood in Jamaica and explores race relations in the US; womanhood and otherness; post-colonialism and life in exile. In 2022, Picador will publish her memoir How to Say Babylon, in which Sinclair tells of her upbringing in a strict Rastafarian community, and the struggles she and her mother faced in emancipating themselves from it. An astonishing talent.
In many ways it feels as if Cannibal has paved the way for itself, heralding and preparing the ground for the moment of its own arrival in the UK, where we are finally beginning to have more sophisticated discussions about Britain’s colonial legacies. Britain is playing catch-up to the US with the discourse on race – Cannibal’s publication pattern is an excellent example.