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.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator