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Publication Date: 10 Aug 2017
Subject: Social sciences
Suitable for: Primary (Year 5)
AR: 6.1 UY
|Paperback||15 Apr 2021||
Coming to England
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Floella Benjamin recalls her early life in Trinidad, and later when her family moved to England
Floella Benjamin was just a young girl when she, her sister and two brothers arrived in England in 1960 to join their parents, whom they had not seen for fifteen months. They had left the island paradise of Trinidad to make a new home in London - part of a whole generation of West Indians who were encouraged to move to Britain and help rebuild the country after the Second World War.
Reunited with their mother, Floella was too overwhelmed at first to care about the cold weather and the noise and dirt from the traffic. But, as her new life began, she was shocked and distressed by the rejection she experienced.
She soon realised that the only way to survive was to work twice as hard and be twice as good as anyone else. This inspirational story is a powerful reminder that courage and determination can overcome adversity.
A twentieth-anniversary edition of Floella Benjamin's classic memoir. Includes a new foreword by the author and some additional historical information. Beautifully illustrated by Michael Frith.
NOTE : Book banded for guided reading by the Institute of Education - autobiography
NOTE : First published in picture book format by Pavilion. Reissued in paperback novel format with black and white illustrations in 1997 by Puffin, and in 2009 by Walker. Reissued in hardback novel format in 2016 with the original colour illustrations by Macmillian.
p1 Life in Trinidad
p19 School life
p33 Darkness and light
p37 The Baptism
p42 Coming to England
p52 The last goodbye
p57 Life at sea
p64 Land ahoy
p71 Land of Hope and Glory
p80 Settling in
p94 The big move
p101 Double identity
p108 Breaking down the barriers
p123 The legacy of the Windrush generation
p127 About the author and illustrator