Hurricane is the gripping story of a natural disaster and the thirteen year-old Kingston boy who lives to tell the tale. It is first in Salkey's quartet of novels for children. Other titles include Earthquake, Drought and Riot.
Andrew Salkey
ISBN number
Caribbean Modern Classics
Fiction, Novel
Country setting
Publication date
01 Jun 2011

Holed up in their home, Joe Brown, his sister Mary and their parents wait for the eye of the hurricane to pass over them. Outside, a terrifying wind turns trees to splinters, darkness swallows the land and torrential rains lash the roof.

Inside it is warm, dry, a home. A family huddled together for survival. But the storm hasn’t passed yet, and all Joe and his family can do is worry, and wait, and hope.

Praise for the original 1960s edition:

‘Strongly recommended.’ —The School Librarian

Hurricane was awarded the German Children’s Book Prize 1967.

Andrew salkey in June 1992

Andrew Salkey

Andrew Salkey was born in Colon, Panama in 1928 of Jamaican parents. He was brought up in Jamaica by his mother and grandparents, his father remaining in Panama, but supporting the family financially. Salkey did not meet his father until 1960, and his work returns to the theme of mothers and sons frequently. He was educated at Munro College in Jamaica, left to attend the University of London in 1952, where he did a BA in English. He taught in school and worked as a broadcaster for the BBC on the Caribbean Voices programme. He was deeply involved in the Caribbean Artists Movement. He left the UK in 1976 when he relocated to Hampshire College in Amherst. He died in 1995.
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