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One Love Two Colours: The Unlikely Marriage of a Punk Rocker and His African Queen. Bobby Smith and Margaret Oshindele-Smith Paperback – 17 Dec 2007


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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (17 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906221391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906221393
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret and I were fed up with the negativity that tends to surround 'mixed' marriages, so we wanted to write a postive and honest account of what makes one work - i.e our own. During the course of writing One Love we realised that, in order to make it a more accurate reflection of our marriage, our book would need to include debates about race, racism, multiculturalism and identity, as these topics influence black women/white men partnerships in many different ways, even though most people are unaware of this. Lastly, we wanted readers to have a bit of a laugh - mainly at our expense - as some bizarre old things have happened to us over the years. In case anyone is wondering, we have not paid for someone to ghost write our story - oh no, it has come direct from our heart and pen.
Because of that some readers may find us a bit too opinionated with our views - we are not a PC couple by any means - however, in our defence I would add that we just wanted to generate a debate about issues, such a colour-'grading' that are largely hidden from the public domain - as it is the only way society will move forward. Thanks for reading this and we hope you enjoy the book. Feel free to email either of us at bobbypunk@talktalk.net - we are very friendly, even if you don't like the book.

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'Britain's most unlikely married couple.' --The Voice newspaper, March 16, 2009

'This book will have you laughing and crying but also leave you with a better understanding of inter-racial couples.'
-- The African Voice newspaper, May 30, 2008

"This extraordinary couple take you deep into the craziness of their very ordinary lives. There's no holds barred and both relate their prejudices, peculiarites and penchant for each other with remarkable frankness."

-- Intermix website January 18, 2010

'Britain's most unlikely married couple.' -- The Voice newspaper, March 16, 2009

'This book will have you laughing and crying but also leave you with a better understanding of interracial couples.'
-- African Voice newspaper, May 30, 2008

"One Love Two Colours could be about any relationship because it is about the give and take, the support, the arguments and the making up. You will laugh, cry and squirm but you won't want to put it down. Furthermore you will be inspired by this unlikely couple who tell it like it is."
-- Intermix website, January 18, 2010

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An amusing slice of real life. 100 per cent from the heart.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 May 2009
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What a strange book this is! On the one hand it is a book that shows how a Nigerian woman can marry her bizarre husband, an English punk rocker, whilst on the other it is a book that looks into all manner of subjects that affect couples of different cultures. One thing is for sure: this book will provoke opinion - as the issues are often controversial. However, despite the controversy, it is the two authors personalities that dominate the book - with the two being natural born conservatives. I did not agree with everything in the book but enjoyed their discussions, humour and frequent arguments. It was also refreshing to read a book about race from the Englishman/Nigerian woman perspectives, as opposed to the usual American slant. All in all this is a book that mixed couples will find interesting, funny, informative and thought stimulating - surely the essence of a good book?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D.Biribonwoha on 26 Feb. 2009
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I bought this book after being handed a promotional postcard by the co-author in question - in the street. How strange, I remember thinking, that the writer has to promote his book in this way.

However, after reading his card, and then book, I am only glad that I happened across this guy. This is a very original book, with lots of taboo issues that we, as black women generally, only discuss in private - away from the media glare. Child abuse, colour-`grading', why we stick to our own race in the dating game, food (!), sex, identity...all these issues (and a lot more) are raised in this book - alongside Margaret and Bobby's life story.

Their own story is sometimes sad, often funny but consistently educational. Via their own feelings - towards each other and society in general - we get to see inside our own heads and the prejudices that lie dormant.

This is a very good book and one that deserves mainstream acclaim, as it has something genuinely interesting to say - about the authors and the reader - rather than being just another depressing misery memoir.
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Such a delightful couple Bobby and Margaret prove to be as readers are taken into the heart of their relationship. As the Table of Contents illustrates, the couple (who also happen to be the eleoquent writers of this book), discusses a variety of issues from parenting to food. One Love Two Colours truly relates a micro element of society, yet can be applied to macro level concepts that exist on an everyday basis. Through full-length stories, touching anecdotes, and humor, the authors provide numerous examples of the barriers that interracial couples still face in today's world.

Their poignant observations of one another and themselves are both endearing and hysterical. For a prime example, find their live reading on YouTube...this will convey what readers are in for once delving into the depths of the book. Their courageous abilities to overcome ridicule lead them to have a stronger love that proves dreams can transform into reality. Bobby and Margaret have shown that genuine love exists in unlikely couplings, and it is indeed beautiful. Intelligent writing, wit, and acceptance at the core make this a five star read!
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I recently ordered this book after coming across it online and since receiving it I havent been able to put this bookk down! I love how there is a moral code which teaches the reader how to understand and overcome one of the biggest obstacles our planet has faced for centuries, difference can be a boundary yet the authors show that understanding differnce can be the most powerful weapon you can have in life.
The love between the authors is genuine and inspirirng! I haven't finished this book yet but have already bought a copy for my sister and have reccomended it to my friend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trinidoc on 26 July 2010
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This is one of the best books that I have read this year. It was refreshing and thoroughly entertaining while dealing with realistic and complex topics. There were so many times that I laughed out loudly at some of the statements but more importantly it shows that love, honesty and trust between two people will allow them to overcome any difficulties. I am in a mixed marriage myself (I am Black Caribbean and my husband is White English) and I really feel as though I have met someone who is the right one for me. I couldnt see myself with anyone else. I was accused by certain relatives (fortunately not immediate ones as I was raised by my parents to be open minded) of 'selling out' and being ashamed of who I was which was absolutely ridiculous as I am very proud of who I am and my background and culture and I have shared that with my husband. Fortunately he loves the food (except for curried crab and dumplings as he thinks it is hard work to eat crab) and I have learned to love sausages and mash and Sunday roasts. Overall we are very happy and really glad that we ignored the naysayers! It will be 3 years this September and hopefully there will be many more years of happiness.
Thank you Bobby and Margaret for sharing your story.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. D. Allin on 27 July 2008
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Let's face facts this is not the first book to deal with the issue of inter-racial relationships and it's highly unlikely to be the last, it might well however be the most original, unusual and compelling.

The thing that this book brings to the table is that it is intensely personal. This is not a compilation of pop-psychobabble phrases or cold dispassionate socio-political analysis, this is a very warm, human and personal account of the marriage between an English Punk Rocker and his Nigerian wife as told in their own very idiosyncratic ways.

Be warned this book goes into intimate details of every aspect of their lives and marriage in a way that might be a little uncomfortably intimate for some readers, but rarely have I ever encountered such a personal book where the authors' personalities bleed through onto the page and engage you so thoroughly.

It is refreshing that this book is about a successful marriage as too many tales of "woe is me" negative literature that gives a cheap fix of misery for the voyeuristic and inter-racial relationship averse reader already exist. This is a book about hope, about the fact that whilst some things in life are not easy and come fraght with obstacles, these barriers can be overcome, and it is worthwhile to do so, if the love between two people is strong enough.

The book is at it's best when covering the details of the couple's meeting, getting together and their efforts to maintain and strengthen the bonds between them, which is approximately the first two thirds of the book.
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