Sweet Home, Jamaica

By Claudette Beckford-Brady

Literary fiction, Romance, Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


MICHELLE FREEMAN: Strong-willed and opinionated; feisty; determined and independent. Takes lip from no-one. Knows what she wants and goes after it. MAVIS: Michelle’s stepmother. Lacks formal education but possesses a sharp intelligence and innate common sense. RICHARD ARMSTRONG: Tall; good-looking; dread-locked. Entirely too sure of himself, in Michelle’s opinion, but captures her heart anyway. GRANDMA MIRIAM: Matriarch of the Campbell Family UNCLE CORNELL: Ganja-smoking Rastafarian rebel and storyteller. Michelle Freeman was born in Jamaica but grew up in England. After discovering that her father’s wife, Mavis, is not her biological mother, she tries to find her real mother, and in doing so discovers the island of her birth, and a large extended maternal family. Having fallen in love with the island, she decides to relocate from the UK and go into business with a friend, and at the same time to pursue her ambitions of becoming a famous writer. All is not plain sailing, however, as she encounters culture clash and prejudice and quickly discovers that her beloved island is not the idyllic paradise she had supposed it to be. But she stands her ground and builds a life for herself against all odds, finally finding love and fulfilment in her own Sweet Home. Set in Brixton and Jamaica in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, it is a bitter-sweet saga of a young woman on a quest, who along the way finds herself and her ‘Jamaican-ness’. It is a family saga to warm the heart and give hope to ambitions.


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MICHELLE FREEMAN: Strong-willed and opinionated; feisty; determined and independent. Takes lip from no-one. Knows what she wants and goes after it. MAVIS: Michelle’s stepmother. Lacks formal education but possesses a sharp intelligence and innate common sense. RICHARD ARMSTRONG: Tall; good-looking; dread-locked. Entirely too sure of himself, in Michelle’s opinion, but captures her heart anyway. GRANDMA MIRIAM: Matriarch of the Campbell Family UNCLE CORNELL: Ganja-smoking Rastafarian rebel and storyteller. Michelle Freeman was born in Jamaica but grew up in England. After discovering that her father’s wife, Mavis, is not her biological mother, she tries to find her real mother, and in doing so discovers the island of her birth, and a large extended maternal family. Having...


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CLAUDETTE BECKFORD-BRADY was born in Old Harbour, Jamaica. In 1964 at the age of seven she joined her parents in Gloucester, England. After leaving school in 1973 she held various clerical and administrative positions before moving to London in 1976, where she joined the British civil service. In 1981 she left the civil service and went to London Borough of Lambeth where she progressed to the level of Personnel & Training Officer. She lived in Brixton, South London from 1977 to 1990 when she left the UK to return to Jamaica where she now resides. Over the years Claudette has won a number of awards for her short stories; SWEET HOME, JAMAICA is her first full length book.


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CLAUDETTE BECKFORD-BRADY was born in Old Harbour, Jamaica. In 1964 at the age of seven she joined her parents in Gloucester, England. After leaving school in 1973 she held various clerical and administrative positions before moving to London in 1976, where she joined the British civil service. In 1981 she left the civil service and went to London Borough of Lambeth where she progressed to the l...


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