Up until April 1982, the spirit and pride of West Indian youth in Britain had usually been best expressed through the immediacy of Reggae music and poetry, not through traditional literary forms, especially not the novel. It was refreshing to read a book that was full and wide in scope and spoke with an authentic voice of and for the Birmingham West Indian community; especially when the author was so young. This first ever Afro-British novel was published with a confidence that black people were
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