Because You Were There : Evocative Semi-Autobiographical Novel Puts Windrush Generation Centre Stage
Joan Lewis’s latest novel, Because You Were There, tells the story of two elderly British women who first met when Tina, a member of the Windrush Generation, was a student at a school for ‘Educationally Subnormal’ pupils, where Felicity worked as a young teacher. With their paths crossing again in 2017, can Tina ever forgive her adopted country for the wrongs she has suffered?
UNITED KINGDOM - Published on 25th April2023, Because You Were There is a poignant and semi-autobiographical novel with female friendship and the feeling of belonging at its heart.
Based on the realities and injustices suffered in the Windrush Deportation Scandal, the author of this eloquently crafted narrative takes much care with her subject matter as she immerses the reader in the details and consequences of the false judgements and gross racial prejudices experienced by Windrush victims.
A standout work of fiction chronicling dark and shameful times in our recent social history, Because You Were There is a novel that will not only prompt incredulity in the reader but will also ensure the stories of real people like Tina and Felicity are never forgotten.
Published by Cranthorpe Millner Publishers, Because You Were There (ISBN:978-1-80378-112-9) is published on 25th April 2023 and is available in paperback (£8.99) and Kindle format.
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About the author:
Joan Lewis says: “I am a retired primary school headteacher, now living in the Languedoc area of France, where I spend my time writing, walking, boating, cooking and keeping abreast of world issues. I have taught in many parts of Britain, including Wales, Western England and Haringey. I hold an advanced diploma in special needs in education and a Masters in Education from The Open University.”