Dame Floella Benjamin's classic childhood memoir, Coming to England, includes a foreword by the author and some additional historical information. It is beautifully illustrated by Michael Frith.
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 her 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 realized 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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 242 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
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As a children's book this could be a real eye opener to many. I certainly recommend to schools, parents and of course children.
Beautifully written and illustrated this tells the story of Floella and her... More
“Charming and warm way of telling an important story.”
This fantastic new picture book was a real real treat to open.
Written by Dame Floella Benjamin, my childhood heroine, we are taken on a journey from Trinidad to England as Floella and her family emigrate as part of... More
Beautiful story with beautiful illustrations. Floella is a living legend and should be so proud of this book.
My Grand daughter absolutely loves it.
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