The Lonely Londoners
By Sam Selvon, and and, Nasta Susheila
At Waterloo Station, hopeful new arrivals from the West Indies step off the boat train, ready to start afresh in 1950s London. There, homesick Moses Aloetta, who has already lived in the city for years, meets Henry ‘Sir Galahad’ Oliver and shows him the ropes.Tweet
First published in1956 this novel tells of the early years of the West Indian so-called Windrush immigrants arriving in London. They are mostly men (in this book) and we hear their stories. The hostility from Londoners, their loneliness but also the camaraderie that got them through, there's pathos but also humour, and despite the despondency there's a definite warmth in the telling of these men's lives.
This is the edition used by the Open University in their 2nd level 'Reading & Studying Literature' course.
At a time funny, heartbreaking, strange & familiar, it moves at a fast pace - like Voltaire's 'Candide', also an A230 set text, and is equally philosophical, sad, hilarious & thought-provoking. Essential reading, set in the 1950s, regarding immigration/emigration, the Caribbean & race relations.