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Homecoming by Colin Grant


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.

4 stars out of 5
Clive Davis
4 Oct 2019

"He lets people speak for themselves... once you fall into the rhythm of the words there is much to enjoy."

You can imagine Colin Grant — a historian who, like another chronicler of multiculturalism, Sarfraz Manzoor, came of age in unfashionable Luton — sitting in living rooms and kitchens in London, Leeds or Manchester, listening intently, perhaps with a cup of tea or a glass of rum near at hand. People who might never have had a chance to unburden themselves of their memories recall events that they might have thought no one would think worth documenting.

He lets people speak for themselves. Homecoming, his oral history of the generation of West Indians who came to this country from the late 1940s onwards may be repetitive at times (quite a few of the accounts begin with a bald “I was born...”), but once you fall into the rhythm of the words there is much to enjoy.