'Prickles with beautiful, comic and brutal details' - Observer
** A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week**
Homecoming draws on over a hundred first-hand interviews, archival recordings (including the Mass Observation Archive) and memoirs by the women and men who came to Britain from the West Indies between the late 1940s and the early 1960s. In their own words, we witness the transition from the optimism of the first post-war arrivals to the race riots of the late 1950s. We hear from nurses in Manchester; bus drivers in Bristol; seamstresses in Birmingham; teachers in Croydon; dockers in Cardiff; inter-racial lovers in High Wycombe, and Carnival Queens in Leeds. These are stories of hope and regret, of triumphs and challenges, brimming with humour, anger and wisdom. Homecoming by Colin Grant they reveal a rich tapestry of Caribbean British lives.