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Against the Grain: A 1950s Memoir

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Markham,E. A. (Author)
Format:
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
2008
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9781845230302
Published:
Leeds, United Kingdom: Peepal Tree Press
ISBN:
9781845230302
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Montserrat, Autobiography, Markham, E. A.
Notes:
192 p, "Markham's memoirs begin with a return to post-volcanic Montserrat to rediscover the now abandoned village of Harris’ and his grandmother’s old house and his meticulous and moving reconstruction of his boyhood in that house – a grand house that made the family feel that settling in the Harrow Road end of Maida Vale was a distinctly ‘downwards’ move for a cultivated Caribbean family. And it is Markham’s wryly humorous navigation between the poles of his family’s confident sense of their worth and the racial attitudes of those times that makes his account of his travails in the rag-trade, his pop-singer ambitions, the discovery that they were living next door to a leading member of the British Union of Fascists, and his involvement with the ‘angry-young-men’ shifts in 1950s British culture such a rewarding and human document."