Island Songs

£7.99

Growing up in rural Claremont, working amid the hustle and bustle, lawn parties and ‘houses of joy’ in Trenchtown, two sisters, Jenny and Hortense Rodney, take a chance and move to England with their husbands, where they settle down to motherhood amongst the jazz cafés and bleak streets of Brixton.

ISBN: 9780749082437 Author: Wheatle, Alex Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY Publication Date: 22nd May 2006 Imprint: Allison & Busby Limited Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:22) Pages: 331 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

“She wondered what kind of world she had brought her two daughters into – the tedious cycle of rural Jamaican life. No chance for them to set off upon adventures and see the outside world.”But sisters Jenny and Hortense Rodney, descendants of the fierce Maroon people, do get to see the world, and Island Songs is their story. Growing up in rural Claremont, working amid the hustle and bustle, lawn parties and ‘houses of joy’ in Trenchtown, the two sisters take a chance and move to England with their husbands, that far-off land of riches, where they settle down to motherhood amongst the jazz caf�s and bleak streets of Brixton.A hauntingly and beautifully written evocation of twentieth-century Jamaica, its history and traditions, Island Songs is an epic of love, laughter and sorely tested family loyalties. Many stories are told, but many more secrets are never revealed.

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