CLR James’ “Minty Alley”

Meredith Street, Nelson. Home of CLR James

CLR James began ‘Minty Alley,’ (1936) in Trinidad and finished it in Nelson, Lancashire. It is about the intimate lives of of working people living in close proximity in the barrack-yards of Trinidad. Living lives not that different from many working people’s lives in Nelson at that time.
James was also author of two other seminal books written in part in Nelson: ‘Beyond a Boundary’ (1963) ‘the finest book ever written about cricket.’: John Arlott: ‘The Black Jacobins’ (1938) a seminal popular academic work on the Haitian slave revolt.

CLR James: Huffington Post 2016

1998 BBC dramatisation of “Minty Alley”

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