FREEDOM STREET & BAD FRIDAY

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COMING YOUR WAY SEPTEMBER

2013 !!

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Two new exciting books from 

SAMUDA SMITH PUBLICATIONS 

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FREEDOM STREET & BAD FRIDAY

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Freedom Street (Front Cover)

Following on from his first self-publication of BRITANNIA’S CHILDREN, he’s at it again. FREEDOM STREET by Norman Samuda Smith is another of his collection of Short Stories, only this time they are accompanied with his Poems. They take you on a thought-provoking reading excursion of contemplation, love, hope, family and remembrance of departed ones.

Publication date: September 2013

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Bad Friday (Front Cover) 2

BAD FRIDAY is the first novel to come out of the black British working class experience; and it confronts in an artistic form the life of black youth in Britain today…” New Beacon Books: 1985.

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“Bad Friday is a promising intervention at the embryonic stage in the emergence of black British literature. The novel is born of the black British experience…” Race Today: 1985.

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“Norman Smith belongs to a new breed of black writers. They are not West Indian but British and black; they may draw up on their Caribbean roots, but the writing is of another time and another place. English literature can only be richer for this transfusion of new blood…” Caribbean Times: 1985.

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“Norman Smith’s promise a young black writer can be seen in the skillful manner in which he makes his characters talk. Most of the conversation in Bad Friday is spoken in patois, using rhythms and phrases that reverberate with energy…” West Africa: 1985.

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“I read Bad Friday before I met Norman and felt it was good then: a novel about school leavers set in inner-city Small Heath Birmingham (UK) among the Afro-Caribbean community in the 1970s. He uses the dialogue of his community skilfully to tell an affecting story. What’s amazing (to me) about it is the author’s youth, he was just seventeen when he wrote it and still only in his early twenties when it was published, but he shows a mastery of narrative…” Alan Beard, goodreads (January, 2001)

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“Norman Samuda Smith IS Black History. Black British History. He is and always will be the FIRST Black British BORN Novelist. As our first black British born novelist, Norman became a pioneer; he spoke for a generation whose voice had yet to be heard in the long narrative form. The Godfather of Black-British Born Novelists.” James Pogson: 2013.

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  • First published in 1982 (Trinity Arts; Birmingham), short-listed for the Young Observer Fiction Prize later that year, Re-published by New Beacon Books (London/Port of Spain) in 1985; in celebration of its 30th anniversary Samuda Smith Publications announces the third edition of Bad Friday will be published September 2013. Read more about Bad Friday: here…

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BRITANNIA’S CHILDREN: A Collection of Short Stories

Published February 5 2013

AVAILABLE ON LINE

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Britannia's Children (Cover Design)

BRITANNIA’S CHILDREN, a collection of short stories illustrate Black-British dialect and identity in their infancy. These stories take you inside the world and culture of a people from the Caribbean and their British-born off-spring. They speak of the past, present and possible future. For some, they will be a history lesson; others, a trip down memory lane. Whichever category you occupy; read, enjoy and see beyond the words to discover their significance.

James Pogson

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When a story begins with: When I was a likkle boy, there was a few stories I hear about England, especially when the old time people dem start talk…’ you know you are in for a fun ride. That’s the opening of the first story in Britannia’s Children by Norman Samuda Smith. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, I know you will to… Kim Pearson (Chair of African American Studies at the College of New Jersey, USA).

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Britannia’s Children is a look through the lenses of life; A colorful slice of the lives of the people you’ll meet as you turn the pages… Naiobi James; read the full book review here…

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BUY YOUR COPY OF BRITANNIA’S CHILDREN: – here…

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