A British author, a part of the modern era. George Lamming was born in Barbados in 1927 of mixed African and English parentage. He moved to Trinidad in 1946, where he became a schoolteacher. It was while here that he became interested in becoming an author.

Lamming left for England in 1950 and then published his first novel In the Castle of My Skin, with an introduction by Richard Wright.

Lamming wrote 5 other novels, two of which are based on an imaginary West Indian island, San Cristobal. Lammin also worked as a broadcaster and held several professorships at different universities.

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