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Caryl Phillips - Author

About the Author

Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Dancing in the Dark, Colour Me English, Crossing the River, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and A Distant Shore, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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A View of the Empire at Sunset

A View of the Empire at Sunset

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2018

`[A] remarkable novel... The story of a troubled young woman trying to make her way in England during the early years of the twentieth century' WILLIAM BOYD In the heart of London's Bloomsbury, Gwendolen - not yet truly famous as the writer `Jean Rhys' - is presented with the opportunity she has been waiting for. Her husband has received an unexpected inheritance; she can, at last, return to the island of her childhood. For Gwendolen, Dominica is a place of freedom and beauty, far away from the lonely nights and failed dreams of England. But this visit home compels her to reflect on the events of her past, and on what they may mean for her future. `Phillips' novel of being and becoming, of memory, and the mythology of writers and writing is a wonder. This is a gift of a book' Niven Govinden, author of All the Days and Nights `This dark, glimmering beauty of a novel penetrates the English mist, illuminates the past and present and offers us the life of a great writer, in the heart and mind of this great writer, Caryl Phillips' Amy Bloom, author of White Houses

Auf festem Grund

Auf festem Grund

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2018

Voller Intensitat und Eindringlichkeit erzahlt Caryl Phillips Geschichten von Versklavung und Unterwerfung, die von einer Generation an die nachste weitergegeben werden. Er imaginiert die Stimmen derer, denen Unrecht zugefugt wird, und diese Stimmen lassen den Leser nicht mehr los.(Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Emily und Cambridge

Emily und Cambridge

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2018

Caryl Phillips findet fur seine Darstellung der unuberbruckbaren Konflikte in der englischen Kolonialgesellschaft eine subtil ausgearbeitete Form von Zweistimmigkeit. Mit Emily, der weien Tochter des englischen Plantagenbesitzers, und Cambridge, dem schwarzen Sklaven, treffen zwei vollig verschiedene Menschen und Kulturen aufeinander, die in dieser Tragodie zu keiner Verstandigung finden.(Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Lost Child

Lost Child

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2015

In 1771, Mr Earnshaw returns to Yorkshire from Liverpool with a bundle in his arms. As dark almost as if it came from the devil, this strange apparition is taken into the bosom of his family and becomes the starting point of Emily Bronts Wuthering Heights.Almost two-hundred years later, Monica Johnson, a young woman growing up in a conservative family in the north of England, leaves her place at Oxford to marry a man from the Caribbean against her parents' wishes and then struggles to bring up their children as a single mother in Leeds.While Ben is popular, does well at school and embraces the popular culture of the day, Tommy is bullied and remains an outcast, as stigmatised by the origins of his parentage as Healthcliff was. Vulnerable and alone, Tommy disappears one day, demolishing the precarious family bond with an intensity matched only by Heathcliff's arrival into the Earnshaw clan.In the tradition of Jean Rhyss Wide Sargasso Sea and J M Coetzees Foe, The Lost Child boldly re-imagines the origins of Heathcliff, and the manner in which he emerged from Emily Bronts imagination, to deftly spin tales of disparate lives bound by the past and struggling to liberate themselves from it into a haunting novel about migration, social exclusion and the difficulties of family.

In the Falling Snow

In the Falling Snow

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2010

Social worker Keith, separated from his wife and their teenage son, is floundering in a world of fraught sexual politics, parental responsibilities and class expectations. He takes refuge from his domestic problems in a long-cherished writing project and a renewed relationship with his aging father, who came to Britain as part of the windrush generation, but for the first time in his life he begins to feel extremely vulnerable as a black man in English society. Meanwhile Annabelle watches the man she married against the wishes of her parents struggle with his grip on reality. Despite their three year estrangement, she realises that they have no choice but to close ranks if they are to protect their son from a world of street gangs and violence.

Foreigners: Three English Lives

Foreigners: Three English Lives

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Francis Barber, 'given' to the great eighteenth-century writer Samuel Johnson, afforded an unusual depth of freedom, which, after Johnson's death, would help hasten his wretched demise.... Randolph Turpin, Britain's first black world champion boxer, who made history in 1951 by defeating Sugar Ray Robinson, and who ended his life in debt and despair... David Oluwale, a Nigerian stowaway who arrived in Leeds in 1949, the events of whose life and death would question the reality of English justice, and serve as a wake-up call for the entire nation. Each of these men's stories is told in a different, perfectly realized voice. Each illuminates the complexity and drama that lie behind the tragedy of their lives. And each explores the themes at the heart of Caryl Phillips' work - belonging, identity, and race.

Cambridge

Cambridge

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Cambridge is a powerful and haunting novel set in that uneasy time between the abolition of the slave trade and the emancipation of the slaves. It is the story of Emily Cartwright, a young woman sent from England to visit her father's West Indian plantation, and Cambridge, a plantation slave, educated and Christianised by his first master in England and now struggling to maintain his dignity.

The Nature of Blood

The Nature of Blood

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

The Nature of Blood is an unforgettable novel about loss and persecution, about courage and betrayal, and about the terrible pain yet absoulte necessity of human memory. A young Jewish woman growing up in Germany in the middle of the twentieth century and an African general hired by the Doge to command his armies in sixteenth century Venice are bound by personal crisis and momentous social conflict. What emerges is Europe's age-old obsession with race, with sameness and difference, with blood.

Crossing the River

Crossing the River

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Caryl Phillips' ambitious and powerful novel spans two hundred and fifty years of the African diaspora. It tracks two brothers and a sister on their separate journeys through different epochs and continents: one as a missionary to Liberia in the 1830s, one a pioneer on a wagon trail to the American West later that century, and one a GI posted to a Yorkshire village in the Second World War. Crossing the River won the James Tait Black Memorial Award in 1994, and was shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize.

Dancing In The Dark

Dancing In The Dark

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

'The funniest man I ever saw, and the saddest man I ever knew.' This is how W.C. Fields described Bert Williams, the highest-paid entertainer in America in his heyday and someone who counted the King of England and Buster Keaton among his fans. Born in the Bahamas, he moved to California with his family. Too poor to attend Stanford University, he took to life on the stage with his friend George Walker. Together they played lumber camps and mining towns until they eventually made the agonising decision to 'play the coon'. Off-stage, Williams was a tall, light-skinned man with marked poise and dignity; on-stage he now became a shuffling, inept 'nigger' who wore blackface make-up. As the new century dawned they were headlining on Broadway. But the mask was beginning to overwhelm Williams and he sank into bouts of melancholia and heavy drinking, unable to escape the blackface his public demanded.

Final Passage

Final Passage

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2004

Caryl Phillips's first novel tells the story of Leila, a nineteen-year-old woman living on a small Caribbean island in the 1950s. Unsatisfied with life on the island, Leila decides to leave her friends and follow her mother overseas, taking her restless husband Michael and her young son with her. Her subsequent passage to England brings her face to face with the consequences of the decisions she has made to determine her life on her own terms.

A Distant Shore

A Distant Shore

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2004

The English village is a place where people come to lick their wounds. Dorothy has walked away from a bad thirty-year marriage, an affair gone sour and a dangerous obsession. Between her visits to the doctor and the music lessons she gives to bored teenagers, she is trying to rebuild a life. It's not immediately clear why her neighbour, Solomon, is living in the village, but his African origin suggests a complex history that is at odds with his dull routine of washing the car and making short trips to the supermarket. Though all he has in common with the English is a shared language, it soon becomes clear that Solomon hopes that his new country will provide him with a safe haven. Gradually they establish a form of comfort in each other's presence that alleviates the isolation they both feel.

A New World Order

A New World Order

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2002

A New World Order ranges widely across the Atlantic World that Caryl Phillips has charted in his award winning novels and non-fiction. He argues that there is a new world order of cultural plurality, one which is being promoted by the increasingly central role of the migrant and the refugee in the modern world. He goes on to reflect on the work of such seminal figures as Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer, Steven Spielberg, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Marvin Gaye. Phillips writes about the moment when St. Kitts, the island of his birth, became independent and talks about the responsibility of being a writer born into a postcolonial world who lives on both sides of the Atlantic. He turns the spotlight on Britain, speculating about his parents migration in the late fifties, the continued legacy of racism, his own helpless loyalty to Leeds United, and his anxieties at feeling as though he is both of, and not of, Britain.

The Atlantic Sound

The Atlantic Sound

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2001

In The Atlantic Sound Caryl Phillips explores the complex notion of what constitutes 'home'. Seen through the historical prism of the Atlantic Slave trade, he undertakes a personal quest to come to terms with the dislocation and discontinuities that a diasporan history engenders in the soul of an individual. Philips journeys from the Caribbean to Britain by banana boat, repeating a journey he made to England as a child in the 1950s. He then visits three pivotal cities: Liverpool, developed on the back of the slave trade, Elmina, on the west coast of Ghana, site of the most important slave fort in Africa; and Charleston in the American South, celebrated as the city where the Civil War began - not for being the city where fully one-third of African-Americans were landed and sold into bondage. Finally, Phillips journeys to Israel where he encounters a community of two thousand African-Americans, whose thirty-year sojourn in the Negev desert leaves him once again contemplating the modern condition of diasporan displacement.

Cambridge

Cambridge

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2000

State of Independence

State of Independence

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/01/1999

Bertram Francis, a British West Indian, has spent the last 20 years away from the Carribean. Now independence is looming and he is going back to see the end of colonial rule. But the visit is not the nostalgic homecoming he expected as he finds himself an outsider in a place he thought was home.

Extravagant Strangers

Extravagant Strangers

Author: Caryl Phillips Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/1998

Aiming to show that the mongrelization of Britain and British literature began well before the second half of the 20th century, this selection incorporates 18th-century black writers with direct experience of the slave trade, such as Ignatius Sancho and Olaudah Equiano. It also looks at white writers whose accident of birth took place in a British colony, resulting in a similar sense of ambivalence, whether in the jingoism of a Rudyard Kipling or the social commitment of a George Orwell. And it reflects the emergence of a group of writers who demonstrate the same mixture of attachment and detachment which marks them as products of the British Empire, including V.S. Naipaul and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

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