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When de Mark Buss

For the characters in these stories, the mark is about to buss. Events have come to a head and decisions have to be made. Sixteen year old Paul, aka ‘Umpire’, discovers not only that he has a half-brother, but that he is coming to share his home.

£7.99

Author(s)
Geoffrey Philp, Hazel Campbell, Manzu Islam, Meiling Jin, N.D. Williams, June Henfrey
ISBN
9781900715515
Pages
120
Price
£7.99
Classification
Anthologies, Fiction, Short Stories
Setting
Pan Caribbean, United Kingdom
Date published
1 Sep 2001

For the characters in these stories, the mark is about to buss. Events have come to a head and decisions have to be made. Sixteen year old Paul, aka ‘Umpire’, discovers not only that he has a half-brother, but that he is coming to share his home. How is he to keep this cuckoo out of his life without attracting his mother’s wrath? Mama Pala and her fourteen hungry-belly children have hit financial rock bottom. Can she humble herself enough to coax a little money from snooty Cousin Gloria? Soraya waits for her husband’s return, trapped in her East End tower-block by the racist graffiti in the lift. Taiwanese student Li Li, alone and pregnant in London, takes desperate action. In Miami, Jamaican Basil confronts his homophobia when his ‘batty boy’ son comes home, and how long can Erma get away with her infidelities?

These stories, written by Caribbean and Black British writers, share a common concern with the experiences of migration, poverty, racism and sexism, with human fragility and human strength. They range from the comic to the tragic in their telling. The stories speak of different places, different cultures, but what animates the writing is the concern with people, different but the same.

This is a joint large print publication with the National Library for the Blind who brought out a simultaneous braille edition.

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Meiling Jin

Meiling Jin was born in Guyana in 1956. Her parents left there at the height of the racial conflicts of 1964 and came to London. She writes of her initial unhappiness in England, the persecution she and her sister suffered as the only Chinese children in her school.

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Manzu Islam

Syed Manzurul (Manzu) Islam was born in 1953 in a small northeastern town in East Pakistan (later Bangladesh). He has a doctorate and was Reader in English at the University of Gloucestershire, specialising in postcolonial literature and creative writing.

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June Henfrey

June Henfrey was born June Gollop, part of a large extended family. She grew up in St David's Village, Barbados, in the heart of sugarcane country in 1939. She won an island scholarship in 1957, which took her to Oxford, UK, where she read French, gained a first class degree and then did research on the Martiniquan poet and politician, Aime Cesaire.

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N.D. Williams

N.D. Williams was born in Guyana in 1942. He went to Jamaica as a research student to study at Mona in the late 1960s and was very much involved in the student/youth uprising of the Rodney affair in 1968. He writes of being powerfully influenced by the radical, nativist currents in Jamaican culture - reggae and yard theatre - of this period. He had stories published in Jamaica Journal and Savacou and in the anthologies, One People’s Grief (1983) and Best West Indian Stories.

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Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp is a Jamaican author of poetry, short stories, novels and children's books. Philp teaches creative writing at Miami Dade College and has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Miami. Peepal Tree has published seven of his books. A huge supporter of Caribbean books and writers, he posts interviews, fiction, poetry, podcasts, and literary events from the Caribbean and South Florida on his blog (under the website link).

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Hazel Campbell

Hazel Campbell was born in Jamaica in 1940, and passed away on 12 December 2018. One of Jamaica's leading short story writers, her writing career spanned 50 years.

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