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Light Falling on Bamboo

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Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Fiction

Light Falling on Bamboo

Lawrence Scott

A lush and evocative tale of prejudice, painting and desire in post-emancipation Trinidad.

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9781906994938 (6 Sep 2012)

About the book

Trinidad, 1848. Michel Jean Cazabon returns home from France to his beloved mother's deathbed.

Despite the Emancipation Act, his childhood home is in the grip of colonial power, its people riven by the legacy of slavery. Michel Jean finds himself caught between the powerful and the dispossessed. As an artist, he enjoys the governor's patronage, painting for him the island's vistas and its women; as a Trinidadian he shares easy wisdom and nips of rum with the local boat-builders. But domestic tensions and haunting reminders of the past abound. His fiery half-sister Josie - the daughter of a slave - still provokes in him a youthful passion; his flirtatious muse Augusta tempts him as he paints her 'for posterity'. Meanwhile, letters from his white, French wife and children remind him of their imminent arrival on the island.

About the author

Lawrence Scott was born on a sugarcane estate in Trinidad. After coming to England to train as a Benedictine monk, he studied at Oxford and became a teacher. He has since been active in the promotion of Caribbean literature, through New Beacon Books, Wasafiri literary magazine and British universities. Three of his books have been listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He divides his time between London and Port of Spain, Trinidad.


Written in a magnificent prose style that matches the art it describes

- Bernadine Evaristo, The Guardian

Like Cazabon, we fall in love numerous times with this complicated world, full of prejudice and social injustice. Scott, born on a sugar estate, knows this society intimately and paints this world with skill and grace.

- Monique Roffey, Independent

A beautiful subtle and sensitive novel

- David Evans, FT

In this intimate, compassionate portrait of 19th century Trinidad, Lawrence Scott presents a gripping tale of a world burdened by its secrets and exposed by its art.

- Earl Lovelace

Accomplished ... Scott's book is more than just a fanciful biography, with the author exploring a wide range of issues, from race to sexual equality. Throughout it all the writing is magnificent.

- Fachtna Kelly, Sunday Business Post

Additional Information

Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Fiction

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