In this memoir, acclaimed writer Alex Wheatle shows how music became his salvation through a childhood marred by abuse and imprisonment as a young man protesting against systemic racism and police brutality.
Abandoned as a baby to the British care system, Alex grew up with no knowledge of his Jamaican parentage or family history – portrayed in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series. He was inexorably drawn to reggae, his lifeline through the challenges of living as a young Black man in 1980s Britain.
“Alex Wheatle is an inspirer. He sheds light in dark places . . . He is a vital writer” Lemn Sissay