A magical and haunting novel set in the underbelly of Jamaica.
WINNER OF THE OCM BOCAS PRIZE FOR CARIBBEAN LITERATURE SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE, THE GREEN CARNATION PRIZE, and the HISTORICAL WRITERS AWARD
One April day in Augustown, Jamaica. Ma Taffy, old and blind, sits in her usual spot on the veranda. No matter how the world tilts around her, come hurricane or riot, she knows everything that goes on in this small community. Which is why, when her six-year-old nephew returns home from school with his dreadlocks shorn, she realises that trouble won't be far behind. And so she tells him the story of Alexander Bedward, the flying preacherman. She remembers what happened to the Rastaman and his helper, Bongo Moody; she thinks of Soft-Paw, the leader of the Angola gang, and what lies beneath her house. For trouble is brewing once more among the ramshackle lanes of Augustown, and as Ma Taffy knows, each day contains much more than its own hours, or minutes, or seconds. In fact, each day contains all of history...
|Publication date:||11th May 2017|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Collections:||80+ Must-read Novels by Black Writers - Black Lit Matters, 30+ Unforgettable Books by Caribbean Writers - Book-aneers of the Caribbean,|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 11/11/2021
Miller's storytelling is superb, its power coming from the seamless melding of the magical and the everyday, which gives his novel a significant fabular quality - Sunday Times
Truly panoramic - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Like a wide-angled lens, Miller's novel fits much into a small frame - Augustown itself, Rastafari, gang and police violence, religious opposition to colonial rule - but still gives an impression of space - DAILY TELEGRAPH
Richly nuanced and empathetic . . . a vivid modern fable - GUARDIAN
Driven by atmosphere more than plot, the language is as clear as spring water - OBSERVER
Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He divides his time between Jamaica and the UK and is currently teaching Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. He has published several collections of poetry and a book of short stories published by Macmillan Caribbean, THE FEAR OF STONES, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's prize for Best First Book.More About Kei Miller