But I’ve never been able to do that myself. Margaret Thatcher came to power in , the month Phillips graduated. He told me that he had been instructed by head office to scratch out the name “Stoneleigh” if it appeared on any envelopes. Brown slowly seduces Emily, who incurs the wrath of Brown’s former slave mistress. His parents, Lillian and Malcolm, had three more sons before divorcing when Phillips was eight. But he told me that he didn’t think that he would be able to do this. Yet while Phillips began writing to solve the “conundrum of my own existence”, he has insistently directed his gaze from individual pain to the nature of the society that produces it.

These days it’s difficult to tell who’s from around here and who’s not. The draw, he explains, is the “solitude and discipline. Some plays and screenplays: One inspiration was the poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, who “resisted being packaged in a way I was under pressure to be”. I’ve never had any doubt that I’m here for no other purpose than to do my work. I grew up in a way I wouldn’t want to visit on anybody, and I have a passion I wouldn’t want to distil. He regards both the “back to Africa” lobby and the US “clamour of racial entitlement” with sophisticated scepticism.

Retired teachers — Cambricge. But Emily as a beneficiary, however innocent, of slavery must suffer: I resist being labelled, but it took me a while to realise I didn’t have to make my life a narrative of resistance.

Back in Oxford, he made a pact with himself that “one day I’d order my own books up from the Bodleian stacks”. That relaxed humour coexists synopssis what Biggins sees as the “aura of an older brother, of responsibility and tremendous authority, which comes from a sense of impregnability. After graduating, he spent a year there on the dole, living with an artist girlfriend and writing his first stage play, Strange Fruit, about a lone West Indian mother and her teenage sons in contemporary England.

I was suddenly asked to teach whoever came into phillipw school–we all were. Phillips has received many awards and fellowships and was appointed to the post of chief editor of the Faber and Faber Caribbean writers’ series.

Unlike West Indian writers of the s, such as Sam Selvon and George Lamming, Phillips viewed both sides of a mutual bewilderment, it being “the privilege of my generation to be privy to the paranoia of white people: In CambridgePhillips returned to slavery as “an area that has stained British society but which has hardly been scratched at”. Solomon’s politeness and restraint mask the traumas of his life as a veteran of a brutal civil war, witness to the massacre of his family, and the survivor of a perilous journey and a treacherous exile.


It means you’re no longer a voice of moral authority. Each week, our editors select the cambbridge author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Make this your default list. He was annoyed, and he wanted cambrjdge to know that once upon a time there had been a move to change the name of Weston to Market Weston, but it never caught on.

It’s synopsie very British conceit – membership. One or more ohillips could not be added because you are not logged in. It was “part of being black in Britain – phllips price of the ticket”. So our village is divided into two. He told me that he had been instructed by head office to scratch out the synlpsis “Stoneleigh” if it appeared on any envelopes. While its starting point may be the black diaspora, his work illuminates relations between black and white, master and servant, newcomer and “host”, men and women.

In the garden some young louts and their girlfriends were braying and chasing about the place. Within myself I contain many worlds; I want to embrace all of them. Also available as an audio book.

From Caryl Phillips–acclaimed author ofThe Nature of BloodandThe Atlantic Sound–a masterful new novel set in contemporary England, about an African man and an English woman whose hidden lives, and worlds, are revealed in their fragile, fateful connection.

Crossing the River tracked siblings of the African diaspora across centuries, their experience one of broken families and abandonment. Brown slowly seduces Emily, who incurs the wrath of Brown’s former slave mistress. In the US, Phillips has been dubbed the “bard of the African diaspora”. The following items were successfully added.


But it was absolutely worth it on a point of principle. So, too, friendships across the globe. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


People stared at me like I had cambrideg mark of Cain on my forehead, so I pressed on and discovered the canal. But Phillips sold his St Kitts house inbuying his Manhattan apartment three years later. The draw, he explains, is the “solitude and discipline.

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James Baldwin told his young friend in the s: The resulting travel book, The European Tribe, was a coolly indignant dissection of the “sickness in Europe’s soul”: Phillips’s vision is of a splintered, fragile world where little seems to have inherent meaning and love is opportunistic and fleeting.

Since he has had a base in both the US and philli;s London, and in he became the youngest tenured English professor in the US at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Though solitude can be “emotionally draining – like cranking up a cold engine”, he says he has never been synoosis, other than on the transatlantic freighter in You’re cool, you’re calm.

Sign up syopsis to receive your FREE alerts. That ambivalence summed up my life. Solomon, a former soldier, escaping the horrors of a war-ravaged African country, entering England illegally, a non-man with no resources but his own waning strength, and no comprehension of the society that both hates and harbors him; Dorothy, the product of a troubled childhood and a messy divorce, fleeing the repercussions of a desperate obsession.

Rites of passage

Eldridge Cleaver and Leroi Jones were angry and righteous. Apparently, the biggest thing that had ever happened in Weston was Mrs. Despite his coarse civility, even occasional cambriddge to Miss Cartwright, why did he encourage the presence at a table of a wild-looking negress, feared by her own people for her acquaintance with the magical arts of obeah?

It was only six o’clock and so I thought that rather than sort through my belongings and arrange everything, I’d wander down the hill and take a good look around. The first of the new Nobel laureate’s books to be filmed, it premiers at the London Film Festival this Friday with an international cast, including James Fox and Om Puri.

Me, I don’t drive.