Enrico Downer’s There Once Was a Little England Signing
Enrico Downer doubles down on his exploration of race set against historical backdrops with two new novels. Downer follows his first publication, “The Lure of America”, the true recounting of Barbadian immigrants in the 1950s and 1960s with two novels: “His Father’s Footsteps” and “There Once was a Little England”.
While clearly influenced by that true incident, Downer’s “There Once was a Little England” is not an actual recounting but instead an allegorical fiction that borrows key elements from that case. The story seeks to examine the conflict that arises from a lawyer’s duty to a client he feels has sought to diminish and insult his race and the lawyer’s efforts later to court a working class that despises him when he later desperately needs their votes to pursue his political ambitions.
Downer describes “There Once was a Little England” as a story not solely about “race, murder and an addiction to social class” but a love story interwoven in a tapestry of tragedies.
The author places a Barbadian in the centre of the racist heartland in the Deep South and examines his mindset and mettle as compared to his African American brothers as both confront the evils of racism.
Downer brings both novels to Barbados in print for the very first time with a signing on Thursday 22nd October 2015 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Chattel House Books in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.