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Home Coming by Colin Grant

Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation

Colin Grant

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Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781787331051

When Colin Grant was growing up in Luton in the 1960s, he learned not to ask his Jamaican parents why they had emigrated to Britain. `You have some place else to go?' But now, seventy years after the arrival of ships such as the Windrush, this generation of pioneers are ready to tell their stories.

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5 stars out of 5
Sukhdev Sandhu
30 Sep 2019

"this anthology of submerged lives that prickles with beautiful, comic and brutal details"

Grant is the writer to do justice to their lives. A radio producer and author – most recently of pensive, probing memoirs Bageye at the Wheel (2012) and A Smell of Burning (2016) – he has conducted dozens of interviews, dug into the Mass Observation archives, and combed through semi-forgotten oral histories from the 1960s to produce this anthology of submerged lives that prickles with beautiful, comic and brutal details. Mostly focusing on the period before independence, Homecoming frames post-Windrush mass migration as a family reunion. Britain really was coming home.

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