CARIBBEAN AWARD WINNING BOOKS
REF WI J Ber
A Thief in the Village and Other Stories
London: Penguin, 1989
Gustas is nearly killed in the hurricane, trying to save his banana tree; Nenna and her brother Man-Man patrol the coconut plantation in the dead of night, ready to catch the interlopers; Becky longs for a bicycle and Fanso longs to find his father who walked out thirteen years ago.
Grand Prix winner of the Smarties Prize (1987)
REF WI 811.54 Be
When I dance
London: Hamilton, 1988
This is the author’s first book of poetry aimed specifically at young people as he draws his material from the inner cities of Great Britain from the rural Caribbean to address himself to young people of all cultures ethnic backgrounds.
Signal Poetry Award (1988)
REF WI Cla
The Polished Hoe
Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2003
Set on the post-colonial West Indian Island of Bimshire in the thirties and forties, The Polished Hoe unravels over the course of twenty-four hours, but spans the lifetime of one woman and the collective experience of a society characterised by slavery.
W.O. Mitchell Prize (1999)
Giller Prize (2002)
Ref WI Edg
Set in Belize, Beka Lamb is the record of a few months in the life of Beka and her family. The story of Beka’s victory over her habit of lying, which she conquers after deceiving her father about a disgrace at school.
Joint Winner of the Fawcett Society Book Prize (1982)
Ref WI Gil
London: Heinemann, 1986
Set in Guyana, it is the story of Mama King, trapped by age and infirmity, but ultimately indomitable. She becomes too much for her family who send her away to Frangipani House, a dreary claustrophobic rest home- but Mama King does not give in. She makes her mark- first through anguish, then her madness and finally by escape to the dangerous, dirty, vital world of the poor.
GLC Black Literature Competition (1985)
Ref WI Gil
In for a Penny
London: Cassell Ltd, 1980
Five short stories about the West Indian teenagers, illustrated with attractive line drawings. The language is straightforward and the stories will appeal to students of all ages in Secondary schools.
GLC Creative Writing Ethnic Minorities Prize (1982)
REF WI Har
The Carnival Trilogy
London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1993
This book combines three novels that were first published separately: Carnival, The Infinite Rehearsal and The Four Banks of the River of Space. The three novels ‘re-write’ Western masterpieces and suggest that, however admirable, the world view they present has become obsolete and may endanger the future of humanity.
Guyana National Prize For Fiction (July 1988)
REF WI F Hop
Brown Girl in the Ring
New York: Warner Books Inc, 1998
The rich and the privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways- farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths. She must bargain with gods and give birth to new legends.
REF WI F Hop
New York: Warner Books, Inc. 2000
It’s Carnival time and the Caribbean colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked “Midnight Robbers” waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. But to young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favourite costume to wear at the festival- until her power-corrupted father commits and unforgivable crime.
John W. Campbell Award
REF WI F Lev
London : Review, 2004
Small Island is the amazing story on the first wave of Jamaicans who arrived in Britain after WWII. A wonderful narrative as Andrea Levy describes the hopes and fears of a group of immigrants who after fighting for the Mother country in the Second World War find that their reception is not the warm embrace they had hoped for. And those opportunities to make a success of life in London are harder to find than they expected.
Orange Prize for Fiction (2004)
Whitbread Book of the Year (2004)
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2005)
REF WI Mel
The Ventriloquist’s Tale
London: Bloomsbury, 1997
Pauline Melville conjures pictures of the savannah, forest and city life in South America where love is often trumped by disaster. This novel embraces nearly a century, when laughter is never far from tragedy. It is a parable of miscegenation and racial exclusiveness, of nature defying culture. Unforgettable characters illuminate theme and plot.
Whitbread First Novel Award (1997)
REF WI Mel
London: The Women’s Press Limited, 1990
From Comrade Shakespeare McNab who enlists the help of La Diablesse to retrieve his faltering career at a Caribbean broadcasting station, to the 14-year-old English girl who develops a terror of infinity; Pauline Melville lures the reader into intriguingly different worlds. This is a notably sharp, funny and original story written in a slippery Chameleon language that is a frequent delight.
Commonwealth Writers Prize (1990)
Guardian Fiction Prize
MacMillan Silver Pen Award
REF WI Per
Canada Geese and Apple Chatney Stories
Toronto: Tsar, 1998.
The author presents us with his unique vision of lives North American and Caribbean. Here are voices probing at differences which are and aren’t: all threaded together by the ancestral India of the protagonists’ imagination, the Caribbean of their childhood, the Toronto or New York of their recent years.
K.M Hunter Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award
Caribbean Heritage Award (1998)
WI F Phi
A Distant Shore
New York, N.Y.: Knopf: Distributed by Random House 2003
A Distant Shore tells the story of two people, both lonely and outside the mainstream of society. Dorothy is retired teacher, Solomon is an African refugee, and they cross paths where they both live in a small English village. Their friendship ends when Solomon is murdered by racist thugs. Caryl Phillips tells their story, reflecting back on their lives once Solomon is murdered.
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2004)
REF WI Ric
The Open Prison
London: Hansib Publishing Limited, 1988
Angela, a sensitive and disturbed child, growing up on the estate of her white guardian in British Guiana, is slowly and painfully awakened to a society in turmoil, in which both black and white are struggling to reassert their roles during the period of economic instability prior to the First World War.
GLC Award (1985)
REF WI Rhy
Wide Sargasso Sea
Great Britain: Andre Deutsch, 1966
Jean Rhys rescues the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and brings her to life as the beautiful and tragic Antoinette Cosway. The story takes us to Antoinette’s beguiling Caribbean island, a lush and ravaged Eden ripped apart by escalating tensions between the former slaves and the Creole heiress’s colonial family.
Royal Society Of Literature Award (1966)
W.H. Smith Award (1966)
REF WI Shi
Yorkshire: Peepal Tree Press.
This novel explores the connections between personal and political integrity and reflects sensitively on the position of women in Guyanese society. Sandra Yansen must leave behind the close ties of family and village when she takes a job as a reporter in Georgetown. After establishing a tenuous footing in the city, Sandra is summoned home, where she encounters the enduring matriarchy of her mother’s friends. Their values sustain Sandra in her search for independence.
Guyana Literacy Prize
Ref WI Sen
Summer Lightning and Other Stories
Trinidad and Jamaica: Longman Caribbean Limited, 1968
Set in rural Jamaica, naïve and vulnerable heroes bring to life with power and realism issues such as snobbery, ambition, jealousy, faith and love.
Commonwealth Writers Prize (1987)
Musgrave Gold Medal (2005)
REF WI 972.9305 3092 Tu
Turits, Richard Lee
Foundations of Despotism
Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2003
This book explores the history of the Dominican Republic as it evolved from the first European colony in the Americas into a modern nation under the rule of Rafael Trujillo. It investigates the social foundations of Trujillo’s exceptionally enduring and brutal dictatorship (1930-1961) and, more broadly, the way power is sustained in such non-democratic regimes.
Outstanding Academic Title Award (2003)
John Edwin Fagg Prize (2003)
Bolton-Johnson Prize (2004)
REF WI 811.5 Go
Leeds: Peepal Tree, 2002
This is a celebration of women who, through their resistance, creativity, and assertion of selfhood, have made a space for themselves. The celebration of such lives stands as a beacon of hope in the depiction of woman’s place in a Jamaican society where abuse, poverty, and abandonment are pervasive. Jean Goulbourne articulates the grief, hopes, and unquenchable spirit of resistance of black women in the Caribbean.
Jamaica National Literary Prize in (1993)