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Subhra, Gersh: Billu Leaves India: Memoirs of a Boy's Journey

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Subhra, Gersh: Billu Leaves India: Memoirs of a Boy's Journey

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Subhra, Gersh

Billu Leaves India: Memoirs of a Boy's Journey

Illustrated by Iain MacLeod-Brudenell

Matador, 2014, pp48, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 78306 202 7

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In the middle of the last century Britain advertised for workers from the Commonwealth and in response many, many families uprooted themselves from the safety of the known and loved to embrace the unknown, in the hope of a better life and better prospects for themselves and their children.

This story charts the journey of one such family, who left the Punjab to come to Coventry. The carefree life of a village child is portrayed with genuine affection as we see Billu with his constant companion, cousin Pummy, watching peacocks, splashing in the farmers' fields when water from the well is released, visiting the barber's, going to the market. The warmth of an extended family plays an important part in Billu's life, most especially the bond with his favourite 'tyaa,' a maker of beaten copper bowls. …

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