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From an acclaimed, award-winning novelist comes this brilliant hybrid of reportage, fiction, and historical fact: the stories of three black men whose tragic lives speak resoundingly to the problem of race in British society. With his characteristic grace and forceful prose, Phillips describes the lives of three very different men: Francis Barber, given to the 18th-century writer Samuel Johnson, whose friendship with Johnson led to his wretched demise; Randolph Turpin, a boxing champion who ended his life in debt and decrepitude; and David Oluwale, a Nigerian stowaway who arrived in Leeds in 1949 and whose death at the hands of police twenty years later was a wake up call for the entire nation. As Phillips weaves together these three stories, he illuminates the complexities of race relations and social constraints with devastating results."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400079841
ISBN-10: 1400079845
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 133mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books USA
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts, West Indies. Brought up in England, he has written for television, radio, theater, and film. He is the author of four books of nonfiction and seven novels. His most recent book, "Dancing in the Dark," won the 2006 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and his previous novel, "A Distant Shore," won the 2004 Commonwealth Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Phillips lives in New York. www.carylphillips.com

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