I'm Black So You Don't Have to Be: A Memoir in Eight Lives

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A memoir told through a series of intimate portraits, which build into a poignant, insightful and unforgettable testimony of West Indian British experience

***A NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023***


'Grant is a natural storyteller... Compelling and charming'
BERNARDINE EVARISTO, author of Girl, Woman, Other

'Grant's most revealing work'
NEW STATESMAN

'I'm black, so you don't have to be,' Colin Grant's uncle Castus used to tell him. For Colin, born in Britain to Jamaican parents, things were supposed to be different. If he worked hard and became a doctor, he was told, his race would become invisible. The reality turned out to be very different.

This is a memoir told through a series of intimate intergenerational portraits. We meet Grant's mother Ethlyn, disappointed by working-class life in Luton, who dreams of returning to Jamaica; his father Bageye, a maverick and small-time ganja dealer with a violent temper; his sister Selma, who refashioned herself as an African princess.

Each character we meet is navigating their own path. Each life informs Grant's own shifting sense of his identity. Collectively these stories build into a poignant and insightful testimony of the black British experience - an unforgettable exploration of family, identity, race and generational change.

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£18.99  £18.04
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
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Language
English
Type
Hardback
EAN/UPC
9781787333468
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