Britain's Black Community on the Home Front 1939-45

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By Stephen Bourne

The History Press

Very little attention has been given to black British, West African and Caribbean citizens who lived and worked on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Stephen Bourne's new book Mother Country is the first to document their stories, taking the reader through the journey of some of the forgotten Black Britons whose contribution to the war effort has been overlooked until now.

Published September 2010 at £12.99 and available to pre-order on



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This page was added by Camilla Bergman on 25/10/2010.
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I have recently read a novel called Shelter written by Jane Nicholson which describes life for civilians during the bombing of the West End. This was written in 1941 but was considered too frightening for the British to read so was sent across the Atlantic to be published in the USA by Viking Press and in Canada by Macmillan. It was later published in Britain by Harrap Jane Nicholson was the pseudonym of the author Marguerite Steen.

By Joan Drage
On 23/12/2010

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