Coming to England
by Floella Benjamin
illustrated by Michael Frith
A special, illustrated, 20th anniversary edition of Benjamin's classic memoir recounting her and her family's journey from Trinidad to London in the 1960s. Arriving on the back of the wave of The Windrush Generation, Benjamin's exposure of the lie of 'The Motherland' is acute and necessary. "Little did that generation of West Indians know...that their descendents would have to go through a gruelling survival course on arrival in Britain, and be made to feel unwelcome and unwanted in the celebrated motherland. I came to England feeling special, like a princess, but was made to feel like a scavenger, begging for a piece of what I thought was mine". A new author foreword and a backnote on the Windrush Generation provide some reflection and contextualising- and the vibrant watercolours and clear text layout make this a perfect 'bridging' chapter book. Age 9-12, Paperback 134pp
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