A semi-autobiographical first novel about rites of passage in London's Asian community. It follows the lives of a group of boys as they make their way through the minefield of English society. The author won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for his first collection of poems, "Slave Song".
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'Essential reading. He narrates his painful story with a deft and often humorous touch, and provides us with some startling insights into poverty-stricken Guyana and multi-cultural London' - Caryl Phillips. 'A startlingly honest first novel which turns a thematic Heart of Darkness around to illuminate a groping pilgrimage' - Wilson Harris.About the Author:
David Dabydeen was born on a sugar estate in Berbice, Guyana in 1957. His family lived for a time in New Amsterdam where he attended school. He recalls moving back to his family village, Brighton, during the 1964 race riots. At the age of around ten he won a scholarship to Queen's College in Georgetown where he studied for a couple of years. He was sent to England at the age of twelve in 1969 and was in care until he was sixteen. He won a scholarship to Cambridge University and read English there and at London Universities, completing his doctorate in 1982. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University for three years. He is currently Professor at the Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick and was for some years a roving ambassador for Guyana.
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