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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Payback Press; New edition edition (9 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862418291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862418298
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am primarily a writer of fiction, but I dabble in journalism. In all my work I like to find oppressed minorities under severe pressure, and make fun of them. Comedy is the only way i have found of dealing with tragedy. My best known book, until the next one, is Bird Brain, published by Jonathan Cape, which is an account of pheasant shooting narrated by a pheasant, and a pro-shooting pheasant at that. 40 million pheasants are raised each year in Britain to be shot - and I conjecture they are not that happy with the situation. In a world where the fox, the badger and the raptors all enjoy protection the pheasants wonder what exactly they have done wrong to deserve such treatment. I also wrote One People, for Canongate, in which I drew a portrait of a small rural fishing village in Jamaica that had a big tourist development built on its edge. Most sociologists believe that in the interface of tourists and locals it is the locals who end up being changed; in this case it was the other way round. In some ways it is a metaphor of the Jamaicanisation of White Culture in the United States and beyond. I then wrote Sunbathing Naked, again for Canongate, in which I found the community of the ugliest people in the world - those with disfiguring skin conditions - and tried have a good laugh at their expense. I soon realised that they, like the Jamaicans, had hidden strengths. My new book, called The Boot Collection, is a romp through the world of contemporary art. It will be published in 2015. I am currently working on a novel about a playboy badger, which I hope will be out in 2016.


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More often than not tales told in bars are by far the most entertaining and humorous we encounter. In One People Guy Kennaway has "collected" a number of tales he was told in Blackie's Bar, Cousins Cove, Jamaica. The dialogue, heavy with Jamaican vernacular, is often diffused by the effects of Red Stripe beer and a few too many spliffs. This light episodic novel is easy reading. One People is not pretentious nor does it preach to the reader. Beginning with the creation of Jamaica through intense volcanic activity we are introduced to the characters of this somewhat backward piece of land. Kenneway's characters are not bright by any stretch of the imagination, but they are not empty either. Sometimes inept, sometimes confused, they are always funny. One People will both entertain and relax you. Humorous from beginning to end, this is an ideal stress reliever. --Jon Smith

From the Author

This is the first book I've written that really hums
I went to Jamaica to write a book about London, but found the people so charming and mishevious that their stories pushed aside any others I had in my mind, and fought their way onto the page. It's great when you feel that you have at last done justice to your subject. The reviews are great, GQ calling it 'this years funniest and most throughly likeable book' and I hope you enjoy it too.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Lynch on 20 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
Having read the book, I was saddened with the reality of Jamaican poverty and how many groups on the island struggle to survive. The characters are ignorant and desperate but always likeable and always funny, their sense of resolve is understandable in the face of such adversity.
The writer, in his brilliance, captures the stark reality of life in Jamaicas poorest communities (the parts that rarely benefits financially from tourism.). This book clearly illustrates the political and socio economic framework which still governs Jamaica today.
With that in mind, Jamaicans are Jamaicans whereever they may be. We are the most resourceful people that have ever blessed this earth. This is reflected in the book, especially in the chapter "I know why they call U-Roy URoy".
A strong influence on the author is Dr. Louise Bennet otherwise known as Ms Lou, the style is witty, anecdotal and trmedously on point. This is one of the best books I have read in an extremely long time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Davies on 15 May 2007
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A beautiful book. I have given this book to Jamaicans and people who know nothing about Jamaica and it has been loved by all.

Kennaway captures perfectly the charm of the island while not hiding the warts. Written in a mixture of traditional English and patois it reads and flows fantastically to create a snapshot of a small village in Jamdung.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 1999
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One people is like an award winning snapshot of one aspect of Jamaican culture. Its the best thing I've read in years - I was laughing out loud! I'm amazed at Kennaway's ability to record the tiny details that only Jamaicans can appreciate in their fellow countrymen. Every Jamaican should read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2003
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Having had close links with the Carribean community I was a little cautious before reading this book, what a mistake I made, this book had me laughing out loud as I compared the characters to the people I knew and the stories they had told, its all true, some of the slang may catch you of guard but other than that it was an easy infectious read.
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