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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (16 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006530397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006530398
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One of the most important books ever to have been published on the black British experience’
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‘Invaluable… a fascinating and informative panorama of the experiences of the people who came to England in 1948, and who paved the way for their many descendants’
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PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MAJOR BBC TV SERIES 'WINDRUSH'

This is the epic and untold story of Britain’s black population and its impact on the politics, culture, identity and self image of British society.

‘We were full of expectation. Nobody knows exactly what you’re going to. Some of the people, when we arrive on British soil and people see chimneys and the houses, they thought they were factories. They said – oh boy, plenty of work at this place, seeing the chimneys, not knowing that was for warmth. And they were all jolly, joyful.’

Of all the epic tales still to be told of British life in the twentieth century the most gripping is the story that started fifty years ago with a thirty day journey across the Atlantic in an ageing merchant ship, the Empire Windrush. The voyagers were five hundred West Indians who were to become the catalyst of far reaching and significant changes in British society. For the first time, here were communities from outside the British Isles that could not blend into the background. British society faced an entirely new challenge.

'Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi Racial Britain' opens with the memories and impressions of the survivors of that first voyage, and continues through the witness of their descendants, friends, neighbours and colleagues and the testimonies of the politicians who made the key decisions alongside those who were, at the time, opposed to the presence of the black settlers. 'Windrush 'moves through the crucial events of British social history in the second half of the twentieth century: the great riots of the late fifties and early sixties, the hysteria of Powellism, the remodelling of England’s inner cities and the current passionate debates about the meaning of Englisheness. Concluding with a portrait of multi racial Britain in the present day, 'Windrush' is a celebration of the black British and of the new heritage Britain will carry forward into the twenty-first century.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2000
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I would recommend this book to anyone who experiences racial undertones at School, work or in any other walks of life. Reading this book shows that the relationship between black and white has not progressed as well as it should have. Various incidents in the book can still be seen clearly today. For example the murder of Kelso Cocrane in 1959 (Pg. 181) bears a resemblance to the murder of Steven Lawrence in 1993. In both instances their murderers have been able to evade justice. Both of these murders have great similarities because the victims were black and there seemed to be a great outcry from the public for this kind of behaviour to end. When one looks at the facts many of the racist undertones still remain. These facts are evident in almost all walks of life. The most obvious is the way that Black people are portrayed in the media. The book does have some light-hearted moments which may of great interest to some of the younger generation. For example, how the older generation entertained themselves by going to the cinema and ballrooms on a Saturday. It also highlights some obvious point that can be over looked. For example, a point that I had wandered about was why so many Black men formed relationships with white women? The answer was quite simply that there was no Black women. This book covers so many issues that anyone from any walk of life could find something that they can identify with...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Archie B. Manvell on 8 Aug. 2011
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This is a good book if you want to get a feel for the black experience of post war Britain, thus it's main strength is the excellent and diverse interviews with Black Britons and the intersting questions and conclusions that derive from them.
It is not so good as a history book however as it concentrates on particular aspects and locations rather than giving a comprehensive overview. This probably reflects its origins as an impressionistic TV series rather than a book.
Overall interesting but certainly not a definitive account.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 1999
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This is a compelling, educative, beautifully conceived and composed book. It combines insightful commentary with equally insightful interviews. It gives a clear picture of the brutal realities of racism in Britain and also records ordinary folks' nuanced wisdoms about human nature. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Oct. 2010
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This an excellent history of the experience of black people in this country and in particular the adversities they had to overcome when they first settled here. It is a remarkable testament to the resilience of a nation who still somehow, against painful in-your-face racism, still managed to make successful lives in England. It charts their history from the Caribbean, the reasons why they came (desperately invited by the British Government) and why they stayed (trapped in low paid jobs and poor accommodation).

I enjoyed this book because not only did it provide live thoughts and experience from real people it also dealt with the experiences of their own children born as 1st generation black people in England. Yes, there is painful racism in abundance, but there are also wonderful accounts of historical events that British history seems to conveniently forget.

A book for all generations - it will foster respect and understanding of a generation too easily forgetten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pegs on 14 Nov. 2013
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How soon we forget. I found this book incredibly insightful. Aspects and accounts were sad, but the sadness was soon replaced by my admiration of the resilience and strength of the Caribben immigrants of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
They have a lot to be proud of, the generations behind should read and find their own purpose and opportunities to be and make a difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CRT2212 on 11 Mar. 2014
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This really opened my eyes to the West Indian experience in the UK and why West Indians and the British have so much in common. A fascinating insight into how modern Britain evolved and why Eastern Europeans have so little in common with traditional British people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Wood on 30 Dec. 2012
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A most enjoyable and informative read although the format - a series of quotes from contributors - takes some getting used to.
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