Magazine article New Internationalist

Familiar Stranger

Magazine article New Internationalist

Familiar Stranger

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Familiar Stranger A Life between Two Islands by Stuart Hall with Bill Schwarz (Allen Lane, ISBN 9780241289990)

This autobiography of cultural theorist and activist Stuart Hall is strange and, despite its merits, ultimately rather disappointing. Drawn from many hours of conversation with co-author Bill Schwarz and leftunfinished at Hall's death in 2014, it covers Hall's childhood in Jamaica in the 1930s, his emigration to England and study at Oxford University in the 1950s; and ends in 1964 with his marriage to Catherine, a fellow-activist and academic, and their move to teaching posts in Birmingham.

The early sections of the book are the most rewarding: for example, Hall's appraisal of the Jamaican education system or his skewering of the economics of plantations. His enthusiasm for jazz music and cricket is infectious and he is wise and perceptive when discussing anti-colonialists Franz Fanon and CLR James. …

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