Following the publicity surrounding the Windrush scandal, in The Guardian, Colin Grant writes about five essential books that focus on the Windrush generation. Amongst V.S. Naipaul and Sam Selvon, Grant also recommends Hannah Lowe’s Ormonde, Published by Hercules in 2014.
Grant writes “The Windrush story has become a foundation myth, but in Ormonde, Hannah Lowe reminds us that there were other ships too – one of which, the SS Ormonde, ferried her father, Ralph (aka Chick) to England in 1947. Her tender collection of poems conjures some of those on board the ship (boxer, chef, Chick). Taking the passenger list as a starting point, she reimagines their journeys and the inner voices of hope and anxiety that accompanied them. It is a feat of extraordinarily loving creativity.”
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