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Jamaica used to be the source of much of Britain's wealth, an island where slaves grew sugar and the money flowed out in vast quantities. Since independence in 1962, it has gradually become a society where extreme violence has become ordinary and gangs control the areas where most Jamaicans live. This book explores a country of lost promise.
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 Dolman Best Travel Book of the Year Award 2010 and Ondaatje Prize 2010.