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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.


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.