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Jamaica used to be the source of much of Britain's wealth, a tropical paradise for the planters, a Babylonian exile for the Africans shipped to the Caribbean. This work focuses on the all-pervading influence of the USA; and the increasing disillusionment felt by its people, who can't rely on the state for their most basic security.
Ian Thomson - 'a chronicler of formidable power' (Guardian) - is the author of Bonjour Blanc, an acclaimed book about Haiti, and of Primo Levi ('one of the best literary biographies of the year, Observer). He lives in London with his wife and children.
Winner of Ondaatje Prize for travel writing 2010 (Australia).