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In the Castle of My Skin

by Mr George Lamming

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Biography / Autobiography History Sharing Diverse Voices

In the Castle of My Skin Synopsis

They won't know you, the you that's hidden somewhere in the castle of your skin'

Nine-year-old G. leads a life of quiet mischief crab catching, teasing preachers and playing among the pumpkin vines. His sleepy fishing village in 1930s Barbados is overseen by the English landlord who lives on the hill, just as their 'Little England' is watched over by the Mother Country. Yet gradually, G. finds himself awakening to the violence and injustice that lurk beneath the apparent order of things. As the world he knows begins to crumble, revealing the bruising secret at its heart, he is spurred ever closer to a life-changing decision. Lyrical and unsettling, George Lamming's autobiographical coming-of-age novel is a story of tragic innocence amid the collapse of colonial rule.

In the Castle of My Skin Press Reviews

Fluent, poetical, sophisticated - Sunday Times

Rich and riotous - The Times

Its poetic imaginative writing has never been surpassed - Tribune

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ISBN: 9780241296066
Publication date: 25/05/2017
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241296066
Publication date: 25th May 2017
Author: Mr George Lamming
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, History, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mr George Lamming

George Lamming is a Barbados-born novelist, essayist, and poet. Currently Honorary Professor at the Errol Barrow Centre for the Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies, Lamming has taught at universities around the world, including posts of Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University and Visiting Professor at Brown University. His books include The Emigrants (1954), Of Age and Innocence (1958), and The Pleasures of Exile (1960).

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