London: Review, 2004
8vo, first edition ("10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on imprint page), original navy blue cloth lettered in silver on spine, dust-jacket, head and foot of spine very slightly bumped
The story is set in 1948, and focuses on the diaspora of immigrants from Jamaica, who, escaping economic hardship on their own "small island", move to the Mother Country, for which they have fought during the War. Told from four different points of view, their reception is not quite what they had hoped.
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Whitbread Novel Award and Whitbread Book of the Year in 2004. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book and Orange ‘Best of the Best’ prizes in 2005.
Annotated on 10 pages. Pasted in by the author are photocopies showing both sides of a postcard written on by the author’s father while he was on board the Empire Windrush in 1948. Approximately 150 words.