Biography index

Articles are arranged chronologically, with most recent pieces first. Return to main subject index here.


Reggae trinity, by F.S.J. Ledgister (review of I & I: The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, Wailer, by Colin Grant), November 2011

The imperial African, by Daniel Whittal (review of Origins of Pan-Africanism: Henry Sylvester Williams, Africa, and the African Diaspora, by Marika Sherwood), September 2011

Shades of history, by F.S.J. Ledgister (review of A Black Soldier’s Story: The Narrative of Ricardo Batrell and the Cuban War of Independence, ed. and trans. Mark A. Sanders), January 2011

Last one standing, by F.S.J. Ledgister (review of Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica, by Patrick E. Bryan, and My Life and Leadership, by Edward Seaga), November 2010

Fear and trembling, by Jeremy Taylor (review of Shaken, Not Stirred: A Survivor’s Account of the January 12, 2010, Earthquake in Haiti, by Jeanne G. Pocius), November 2010

The godfather, by John T. Gilmore (review of Frank Collymore: A Biography, by Edward Baugh), July 2010

Looking for Padmore, by Jeremy Taylor (review of George Padmore: Pan-African Revolutionary, ed. Fitzroy Baptiste and Rupert Lewis), May 2009

The X file, by Jeremy Taylor (review of Michael X: A Life in Black and White, by John L. Williams), February 2009

The contender, by Sharon Millar (review of Sylvester Devenish: Trinidad’s Poet, by Anthony de Verteuil), February 2009

Finding his centre, by Jeremy Taylor (review of The World Is What It Is: The Authorised Biography of V.S. Naipaul, by Patrick French, and The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul, dir. Adam Low), November 2008

Less is more, by Melanie Archer (review of Meiling: Fashion Designer, by Judy Raymond), November 2008

Tuffer than tough, by Geoffrey Dunn (review of Bob Marley, by Garry Steckles), November 2008

Hail to the chief, by Jeremy Taylor (review of Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey, by Colin Grant), August 2008

Free individual, by Brendan de Caires (review of C.L.R. James: Cricket’s Philosopher King, by Dave Renton, and Urbane Revolutionary: C.L.R. James and the Struggle for a New Society, by Frank Rosengarten), May 2008

Excavating Claudia, by Jeremy Taylor (review of Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones, by Carol Boyce Davies), May 2008

What’s in a name, by Bridget Brereton (review of Archibald Monteath: Igbo, Jamaican, Moravian, by Maureen Warner-Lewis), May 2008

In praise of Colly, by Edward Baugh (essay on Bim editor Frank Collymore and his relationships with numerous West Indian writers, including George Lamming and Derek Walcott), May 2008

Doctor, doctor, by Judy Raymond (review of Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean, by Colin A. Palmer), November 2007

Great black hope, by Jeremy Taylor (review of Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, by Madison Smartt Bell), November 2007

Reading list: From the life (biographical reference books), November 2007

His own man, by John T. Gilmore (review of Equiano the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man, by Vincent Carretta), February 2006

Autobiography and memoir

Songs of the road, by Simon Lee (review of Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English, by Benjamin Hebblethwaite, and Nan Dòmi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, by Mimerose Beaubrun, trans. D.J. Walker), August 2015

Prodigal daughter, by Kelly Baker Josephs (review of The Other Side of Paradise, by Staceyann Chin), May 2009

Family treasure, by Shara McCallum (review of From Harvey River, by Lorna Goodison), May 2008

Power of one, by Philip Nanton (review of Beyond the Islands: An Autobiography, by James Mitchell), August 2007

Letters, diaries, personal archives

Letter: Philip Nanton on the Frank Collymore archive, November 2008

Reading list: Yours etc. (editions of Caribbean writers’ correspondence), August 2008