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Colin Grant by Missohio

“My mum always told me never to be ‘a carry down artist’. When I write I try to elevate people, and to always bear in mind that almost everyone is a candidate for compassion.”

Colin Grant is the author of five non-fiction books.

Are the gods to blame?

The neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s books have been praised for their wit and humanity, in recognising his own fallibility and that of doctors generally, who are often held up as gods by patients. Colin Grant reflects on the lessons physicians can learn from Marsh’s humility in the present pandemic.


Colin Grant is an author, historian, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books include: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey; and a group biography of the Wailers, I&I, The Natural Mystics. His memoir of growing up in a Caribbean family in 1970s Luton, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize, 2013. Grant’s history of epilepsy, A Smell of Burning, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year 2016.

Grant also writes for a number of newspapers and journals including the GuardianObserver, New StatesmanTLSLondon Review of BooksProspectSpectator, New York Review of Books and Granta.  Grant’s latest book, Homecoming: Voices of Caribbean Migration to Britain was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year.