Sweet Home, Jamaica

by Claudette Beckford-Brady



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/19/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 484
ISBN : 9781468598384
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 484
ISBN : 9781468598377

About the Book

Michelle Freeman: Strong-willed and opinionated: feisty, determined and independent. Knows what she wants and goes after it. Mavis: Michelle’s stepmother: lacks formal education but possesses a sharp intelligence and innate common sense. Grandma Miriam: Michelle’s maternal grandmother and matriarch of the Campbell family. Richard Armstrong: Tall, good-looking; dreadlocked. Entirely too sure of himself in Michelle’s opinion, but captures her heart anyway. Michelle Freeman, affectionately known as Shell or Shellie, was born in Jamaica but migrated to England with her parents at the age of three. At age thirteen her life is thrown into turmoil when she accidentally discovers that her father’s wife, whom she had always taken for granted as being her mother, is in fact, not. This shocking discovery leads her to begin a search for her biological mother. The search eventually takes her to Jamaica where she finds a large extended maternal family and develops a deep and abiding love for the island of her birth. After leaving school and university in London, where she studied journalism, Shellie decides to leave the UK and practise her profession in Jamaica. However, all is not plain sailing, as she encounters culture shock, prejudice and jealousy and comes to the realisation that her beloved island is not the idyllic paradise she had supposed it to be. Set in South London and on the beautiful island of Jamaica, the story spans seventeen years, following the fiery and feisty young woman through her teenage years, young love and tragedy, and into adulthood and more conflicts and clashes.

About the Author

The author was born in Jamaica, West Indies. In 1964 at the age of seven she joined her parents in Gloucester, England where she attended junior and secondary schools. On leaving school in 1973 she worked in the British civil service and local government in the field of administration and Human Resources. Her experience has given her a unique insight into the places and characters depicted in her novel. Her writing is descriptive, colourful and entertaining and will take readers on an exhilarating roller coaster journey of tears and laughter. Claudette has always loved writing and has written many short stories for which she has won a number of prizes and awards in local writing competitions. Her short fiction has also been published in the literary sections of local newspapers. Sweet Home, Jamaica is her first full length book and her first internationally published work. In 1990 she left the UK and returned to Jamaica where she now resides.