Cover page from the 1966 Penguin publication showing the painting
“The Jamaican girls” by Augustus John. Thanks to Tania for loaning me her treasured copy.
Jean Rhys was born in Domenica, where she lived until she was 17 and moved to Britain to attend school in Cambridge. After her first marriage she lived in Paris and Vienna and did not return to visit her homeland until she was in her forties. She suffered homesickness, alienation and some prejudice as a white Domenican in Britain but she never lost her accent 🙂
If you are not already doing so enjoy two treats:
Lillian Pizzichini’s biography The Blue Hour serialised on BBC Radio 4 extra; catch ups available for a few days more on BBC IPlayer.
And on the same station a wonderful reading of the Wide Sargasso Sea by Adjoa Andoh, also still available.