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Paul Mendez: ‘The Lonely Londoners’, 7 July 2022

The Lonely Londoners 
by Sam Selvon.
Penguin, 138 pp., £16.99, June 2021, 978 0 241 50412 3
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... SamSelvon’s The Lonely Londoners (1956) was one of the first British novels to be written in creolised English. It turned London, as the critic Susheila Nasta has said, into a ‘Black city of words’. The protagonist, Moses Aloetta, is an Afro-Trinidadian who arrived early in the Windrush era ...

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Sukhdev Sandhu: Memories of Michael X, 4 February 1999

Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multiracial Britain 
by Mike Phillips and Trevor Phillips.
HarperCollins, 422 pp., £16.99, May 1998, 0 00 255909 9
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... they’d imagined was nowhere to be seen. It’s a quandary identified by the Trinidadian author Sam Selvon, whose characters pace Piccadilly Circus in vain looking for the lions and elephants which they’ve grown up believing stalk the area. Similarly, in The Lonely Londoners (1956), the finest and funniest ‘black British’ novel ever ...

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