Coming to England :An Inspiring True Story Celebrating the Windrush Generation

4.24 (21 Ratings by Goodreads)
Coming to England

Coming to England :An Inspiring True Story Celebrating the Windrush Generation

4.24 (21 Ratings by Goodreads)
Published: 15 April, 2021
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The 25th anniversary edition of Baroness Floella Benjamin's classic memoir, Coming to England. With a foreword by the author and some additional historical information, this is the incredible story of Floella's journey from Trinidad to London, as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords. It is gloriously illustrated throughout by Joelle Avelino, perfect for readers aged 9+.

Floella Benjamin was just a young girl when she, her sister and two brothers arrived in England in 1960 to join their parents, whom they had not seen for fifteen months. They had left their island home of Trinidad to make a new life in London - part of a whole generation of West Indians who were encouraged to move to Britain and help rebuild the country after the Second World War.

Reunited with her mother, Floella was too overwhelmed at first to care about the cold weather and the noise and dirt from the traffic. But, as her new life began, she was shocked and distressed by the rejection she experienced. She soon realized that the only way to survive was to work twice as hard and be twice as good as anyone else.

This inspirational story is a powerful reminder of how courage and determination can overcome adversity.

First published more than twenty years ago and as resonant now as it was then, Floella Benjamin's story of her journey from one way of life in Trinidad to another in London is a brilliant memoir that also speaks to universal experiences of children coming to the UK. Benjamin's upbeat personality infuses the story and gives hope without diminishing the challenge of assimilation. -- Julia Eccleshare * Guardian *

Floella Benjamin was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1949, and came to England in 1960 as part of the Windrush generation. She has enjoyed a successful career as a children's presenter, best known for the iconic BBC TV programmes Play School and Play Away, and has also worked as an actress, writer, producer, working peer and an active advocate for the welfare and education of children. Her broadcasting work has been recognized with a Special Lifetime Achievement BAFTA and an OBE. She was appointed a Baroness in the House of Lords in 2010 and a Dame in the 2020 New Year Honours list, and is the Chair of the Windrush Commemoration Committee. Her childhood memoir Coming to England was originally published in 1996 to great acclaim, and in 2020 it was published as a picturebook, bringing Floella's hopeful and uplifting story to a whole new generation of readers.

Joelle Avelino is a Congolese and Angolan London based Illustrator. She graduated from the University Of Hertfordshire with a BA (Hons) in Illustration with Marketing degree in 2012. She works with both traditional and digital methods of drawing and painting to create her vibrant and distinctive illustrations. She is greatly inspired by phenomenal women, everyday life and her African heritage particularly. Having grown up in the UK, Joelle aims to bring these two worlds together through her work.

Type Book
ISBN 9781529045444
Number Of Pages 144
Item Weight 136 g
Product Dimensions 130 x 197 x 10 mm
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback