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How To Say Babylon : A Jamaican Memoir

Safiya Sinclair
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Fourth Estate Ltd)
Published: May 23, 2024
ISBN: 9780008491321
352 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£10.99

An award-winning, inspiring memoir of family, education and resilience.

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where luxury hotels line pristine white sand beaches, Safiya Sinclair grew up guarding herself against an ever-present threat. Her father, a volatile reggae musician and strict believer in a militant sect of Rastafari, railed against Babylon, the corrupting influence of the immoral Western world just beyond their gate. To protect the purity of the women in their family he forbade almost everything.

Her mother did what she could to bring joy to her children with books and poetry. But as Safiya’s imagination reached beyond its restrictive borders, her burgeoning independence brought with it ever greater clashes with her father. Soon she realised that if she was to live at all, she had to find some way to leave home. But how?

How to Say Babylon is an unforgettable story of a young woman’s determination to live life on her own terms.

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