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War to Windrush

Black Women in Britain 1939 to 1948

Stephen Bourne

216 pages
Jacaranda Books Art Music
Commemorating the 70th anniversaries of the arrival of the Empire Windrush on June 22, 1948 and the birth of the National Health Service on July 5, 1948, War to Windrush shines a light on the lives of black women in Britain. Spanning the years from the start of World War II to the arrival of the Empire Windrush, this engaging and informative book celebrates the contribution of black women to British society in a decade of major upheaval and social change.

Through strong imagery and evocative prose, including many rare and previously unpublished photographs from Stephen Bourne's private collection, War to Windrush retraces the history of the black women who helped to build the great, multicultural Britain we know today.

A much needed book in today's political climate.
Author Bio
Stephen Bourne has specialized in black British histories since 1991. He has written more than 15 books, including the acclaimed Black in the British Frame, Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music, and The Motherland Calls: Britain's Black Servicemen and Women 1939-1945. Bourne received the 2015 Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature for Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War. In 2017 he was awarded the Screen Nation Special Award and an honorary degree from Southbank University for more than 20 years in his field. He is a regular contributor to BBC documentaries and has written for many publications, including The Voice, The Independent, BBC History Magazine, and History Today.