Drumblair is an intimate memory of the Manley family - Norman and Edna and their son Michael - and their impact on the intellectual, social and cultural landscape of Jamaica. It is also the story of Michael's daughter, Rachel, and her journey into adulthood.
Drumblair is an intelligent, beautifully layered evocation of childhood within Jamaica's first family of politics. Told in the language of a poet, the memoir is sensitive, intimate, detailed and honest, yet restrained and loving.
"Rachel Manley's poignant reminiscences are uniquely both a work of history and the celebration of familial love. Drumblair should be read by every West Indian who aspires to that identity - in Jamaica and beyond; and by all who understand us."
Sir Shridath Ramphal, Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth; Chancellor, University of the West Indies
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RACHEL MANLEY is the author of the memoir Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction in 1997, and Slipstream: A Daughter Remembers. She has also published three books of poetry and edited Edna Manley: The Diaries, a collection of her grandmother’s journals. Manley is a New York Public Library Fellow, a Pierre Berton Fellow, a Rockefeller Fellow (Bellagio), and a former Bunting Fellow for Literature at Radcliffe College. She serves on the creative writing faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has won Jamaica’s prestigious Centennial Medal for Poetry. Manley divides her time between Toronto and Jamaica. She has two sons, Drum and Luke.
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Book Description Knopf Canada, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0394281950