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Summary

Illuminating her inner journey growing up mixed-race in Britain, Esua Jane Goldsmith's unique memoir exposes the isolation and ambiguities that often come with being ‘an only’.

Raised in 1950s South London and Norfolk with a white, working-class family, Esua’s education in racial politics was immediate and personal. From Britain and Scandinavia to Italy and Tanzania, she tackled inequality wherever she saw it, establishing an inspiring legacy in the Women’s lib and Black Power movements.

Plagued by questions of her heritage and the inability to locate all pieces of herself, she embarks on a journey to Ghana to find the father who may have the answers.

A tale of love, comradeship and identity crises, Esua’s rise to the first Black woman president of Leicester University Students’ Union and Queen Mother of her village, is inspiring, honest and full of heart.

©2020 Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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fantastic Narrative.

fantastic narrative, enjoyable read.
couldn't stop listening, totally gripped.
Memorable moments, meeting her father.
brilliant.

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An amazing life story

I loved this story. Nicely performed with accents and everything. The writer's courage in life comes through in the book in the way she tackles talking about the racial issues of being both black and white. Wonderful!

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Enjoyed

Really enjoyed hearing about her life through the ages.
Fascinating and informative.
My only negative is the accents, I don't know if it's just me, that struggles hearing someone narrate in a different accent.

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This was eye opening

What an emotional and uncomfortable read. I was born 8 years after Esuantsiwa and remember hearing the words which hurt her so much as “normal” on TV, in comedy shows. My hometown wasn’t very diverse in my infants ( about 150 pupils) and junior school (about 300 pupils) there were 3 families that weren’t white (5 children in total). Probably they endured bullying but as I was trying to avoid the bullies that were after me thanks to being epileptic I don’t remember. My senior school was slightly more diverse about 30 children in a school with around 700 pupils. Today there is more diversity but still the town hasn’t as much diversity as London.

It was tough to hear the casual racism that was endured by the author, and how lost she felt as she looked for her identity. I came away reflecting on my upbringing and how many prejudices I had to unlearn as I learned how wrong we were in the past.

Thank you Ms Goldsmith for sharing your story

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A celebration of life

I really enjoyed this book. Esuantsiwa Jane has led such an interesting life. Her story is fascinating, you really feel like you share the highs and lows with her. She is very personable. As a white woman gave me a great insight into issues faced by people with dual heritage. The only issue with the performance is some very dodgy accents !

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A story that needed to be told

Her accents are well dodgy but at least engaging :) A moving and necessary story, told with gritty honesty.