A Black Boy at Eton - Black Britain: Writing Back (Paperback)
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A Black Boy at Eton - Black Britain: Writing Back (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 03/02/2022
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Originally written in 1972, Onyeama's shocking account of his racist treatment at Eton - where he became the first Black student to complete his education - is a seminal piece of life-writing and a key inclusion in Penguin's Black Britain: Writing Back series.

Dillibe was the second black boy to study at Eton - joining in 1965 - and the first to complete his education there. Written at just 21, this is a deeply personal, revelatory account of the racism he endured during his time as a student at the prestigious institution. He tells in vivid detail of his own background as the son of a Nigerian judge at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, of his arrival at the school, of the curriculum, of his reception by other boys (and masters), and of his punishments. He tells, too, of the cruel racial prejudice and his reactions to it, and of the alienation and stereotyping he faced at such a young age. A Black Boy at Eton is a searing, ground-breaking book displaying the deep psychological effects of colonialism and racism.

A title in the Black Britain: Writing Back series - selected by Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo, this series rediscovers and celebrates pioneering books depicting black Britain that remap the nation.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241993811
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 203 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[A] frank and reflective memoir . . . An important story to tell - The Guardian

[An] electrifying memoir . . . I started reading, and the story he had to tell was so gripping and shocking, it wouldn't let me go . . . Dillibe Onyeama's story about landing in the hostile environment of Eton College is a personal one, but the questions it raises have much wider repercussions - Bernardine Evaristo, New Statesman

A powerful insider account of systemic racism inside Eton during the sixties - Bustle

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