(blog) Windrush Child

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

A very personal story following the life of Leonard from 1947, when he was born in Maroon Town Jamaica, until 2018 at the height of the Windrush scandal in Britain.

Leonard’s Dad arrived in England on the iconic ship, just seven months after Leonard was born, in search of a better life for his family in the ‘land of opportunity’. On docking in Britain, he sends Leonard a postcard of the HMS Windrush which his son keeps all his life.

He sends for his wife and child when Leonard is ten years old and so Leonard is torn from his idyllic childhood home and beloved Grandmother to start a new life in Manchester. Then, as we know, the streets are not paved with the promised gold and there are many struggles for a black boy growing up in a racist environment.

However, maybe the worst shock comes in the final chapter, set in 2018, which really makes us wonder what kind of society we are living in…

The book has an afterword endorsed by Amnesty International, which gives some facts about the Windrush Scandal and suggests what young people can do to make their voices heard.

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