Claudia Jones: A Life in Exile
Sherwood’s work is more than biographical. She sketches a time in history that few cogently understand. Black British history too often starts with the Empire Windrush (1948) and then leapfrogs to the 1960s, without recording the intervening years. Sherwood reveals these ‘lost’ years and the struggles of the activists who peopled this topography. Jones was foremost among them, an intersectional activist before such a phrase was coined.
– Dr Onyeka Nubia, Edge Hill University, Huddersfield University
A timely re-publication of Marika Sherwood’s ground-breaking historical biography of Claudia Jones, Britain’s most celebrated Communist and the initiator of annual Caribbean Carnival celebrations. It features Marika’s meticulous research, as well as some material not available in the original publication. Illustrated with historic images, it also includes chapters by Donald Hines on the West Indian Gazette, Colin Prescod on Carnival and the entire proceedings of the 1996 symposium that brought together Claudia’s friends and co-workers. Indispensable.
– Dr Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, Chichester University