I'm Black So You Don't Have to Be A Memoir in Eight Lives

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Publisher's Synopsis

A memoir told through a series of intimate portraits, which build into a poignant, insightful and unforgettable testimony of West Indian British experience.


'Grant is a natural storyteller... Compelling and charming'
BERNARDINE EVARISTO, author of Girl, Woman, Other

'Grant's most revealing work'
'I'm black, so you don't have to be,' Colin Grant's uncle Castus used to tell him. If Colin - born in Britain to Jamaican parents - worked hard and became a doctor, his race would become invisible; he would shake off the burden his parents' generation had carried. The reality turned out to be very different.

This is a memoir told through a series of intimate portraits, including of Grant's mother Ethlyn, his father Bageye, his sister Selma, and his great uncle Percy. Each character we meet is navigating their own path. Each life informs Grant's own shifting sense of his identity. Collectively, these stories build into an unforgettable testimony of black British experience.

About the Publisher



Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529918366
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.0850922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: ix, 240
Weight: 182g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 17mm