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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is suitable for all ages and races.
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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a pastiche of blackness.
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...
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Archie B. Manvell


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is suitable for all ages and races., 8 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (Paperback)
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this book, 24 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (Paperback)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a pastiche of blackness., 8 Aug 2011
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Archie B. Manvell "RM" (Provincial UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (Paperback)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read..., 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful history lesson, 3 Oct 2010
This review is from: Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Jun 2014
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A very necessary book so we remember
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating - what a great book!, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!, 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 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Peoples Need Their Own Living Space, 24 Feb 2013
This review is from: Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (Paperback)
An experiment in social engineering that the British peoples never asked for and never wanted.
History reveals to us that fundamentally different peoples require their own living space. It is only when biologically homogenous societies are interfered with that racial hatred occurs-the fault of those liberals who have and are masterminding this insanity.
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