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Margaret Cezair-Thompson was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies. Her first novel, the acclaimed The True History of Paradise, was published in 1999, and was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award. She is professor of English at Wellesley College, and lives in Massachusetts.
The first novel from the author of the Richard and Judy chosen book The Pirate’s Daughter was originally published in America in 2000 and now, owing to the success of her latest, is reissued over here almost as a new book. It’s Jamaican history again, 1981 and backtracking with a complicated mix of plots and voices which explores both the personal and the political of a war-torn land. Comparison: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jamaica Kincaid.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 23 July 2008. An adventure-cum-love story well balanced between narrative, description and comment with an intriguing tale bound round the history of Jamaica. It is about the illegitimate daughter of Errol Flynn so laced with glamour and some real character appearances (Noel Coward, Princess Margaret). The story follows three generations of women in one family from the early 1940s to the present but particularly in the era leading up to Jamaica’s independence. It uses the historical events as its framework in a compulsive, fascinating read with lots of colour. It is lovely. Comparison: Michelle Paver (adult), Victoria Hislop, Rosie Thomas.
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