A Black Boy at Eton - Black Britain: Writing Back

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A Black Boy at Eton

A Black Boy at Eton - Black Britain: Writing Back

3.68 (43,720 Ratings by Goodreads)
Published: 3 February, 2022
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'The story [Onyeama] had to tell was so gripping and shocking, it wouldn't let me go . . . A remarkably well-written memoir' Bernardine Evaristo, from the Introduction

Dillibe was the second black boy to study at Eton - joining in 1965 - and the first to complete his education there. Written at just 21, this is a deeply personal, revelatory account of the racism he endured during his time as a student at the prestigious institution.

He tells in vivid detail of his own background as the son of a Nigerian judge at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, of his arrival at the school, of the curriculum, of his reception by other boys (and masters), and of his punishments. He tells, too, of the cruel racial prejudice and his reactions to it, and of the alienation and stereotyping he faced at such a young age.

A Black Boy at Eton is a searing, ground-breaking book displaying the deep psychological effects of colonialism and racism.

A title in the Black Britain: Writing Back series - selected by Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo, this series rediscovers and celebrates pioneering books depicting black Britain that remap the nation.

Dillibe Onyeama is a Nigerian author and publishing executive, who founded the publishing company Delta Publications (Nigeria) Limited. In 1968, he became the first black person to finish their studies at Eton College, and went on to attend The Writers' School of Great Britain. He has published twenty-eight books - both fiction and non-fiction - covering a wide range of subjects, including biography, education and self-improvement. He lives and works in his native Enugu, in south-east Nigeria. Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other made her the first black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, as well winning the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020, where she also won Author of the Year, and the Indie Book Award. She also became the first woman of colour and black British writer to reach No.1 in the UK paperback fiction chart in 2020. Her writing spans reviews, essays, drama and radio, and she has edited and guest-edited national publications, including The Sunday Time's Style magazine. Her other awards and honours include an MBE in 2009. Bernardine is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University, London, and President of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London with her husband. www.bevaristo.com

Type Book
ISBN 9780241993811
Number Of Pages 272
Item Weight 203 g
Product Dimensions 129 x 198 x 17 mm
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Format Paperback