The Greatest British "Caribbean" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Indigo by Marina Warner

    "Indigo" is a reimagining of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" set in the modern era. The book tells the story of a wealthy London businessman who is exiled to a Caribbean island where he uses his knowledge of science to control the environment and the island's inhabitants. His daughter, Miranda, grows up on the island, sheltered from the world and manipulated by her father's experiments. The story explores themes of colonialism, power, and the destructive potential of knowledge.

    The 3779th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Lenny Henry, Mónica Faerna

    "Anansi Boys" is a fantastical novel that follows the life of Fat Charlie Nancy, a mild-mannered man who is shocked to discover that his estranged father was the African spider god, Anansi. After his father's death, Fat Charlie's life is turned upside down when he meets his charming and charismatic brother, Spider, who has inherited their father's powers. As Spider begins to wreak havoc on Fat Charlie's life, the two brothers embark on a wild adventure through the spirit world, encountering gods, ghosts, and other supernatural beings along the way. With humor, heart, and a touch of magic, "Anansi Boys" is a thrilling and imaginative tale about family, identity, and the power of storytelling.

    The 6515th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Crossing The River by Caryl Phillips

    "Crossing The River" is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that explores the lives of African diaspora through multiple generations and continents. Through a series of interconnected stories, the book delves into themes of slavery, identity, and the search for belonging. From the harrowing journey of an enslaved African woman to the struggles of her descendants in the present day, the novel offers a powerful examination of the enduring impact of history and the complexities of human connections.

    The 9239th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Lady In Waiting by Anne Glenconner

    "Lady in Waiting" is a captivating memoir that offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a woman who served as a maid of honor at the Queen's Coronation and as a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. Set against the backdrop of the British aristocracy, the book reveals the personal trials and tribulations of her own life, including her marriage to an unpredictable and unfaithful husband, her role in the royal household, and her unique friendship with the Princess. The narrative is a blend of humor, heartache, and historical insight, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the events and personalities that shaped the latter half of the 20th century from a perspective close to the crown.

    The 10356th Greatest Book of All Time

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