Born in Barbados in 1931, Margaret Knight was educated in Barbados and England. After studying nursing in London, she trained as a secretary and joined The Barbados Rediffusion Service. The first of her three marriages involved relocations to British Honduras and America, and much travel. Her second marriage, in London, brought her four children. Her third marriage took her back to Barbados, where she became a single working mother. She joined the Barbados Democratic Labour Party, and rose to the position of personal secretary to the late Prime Minister, Errol Barrow. After Barrow’s death, she continued to work for the new Prime Minister until her retirement in 1991. A natural writer, she was, for many years, a regular columnist for two Barbadian publications and won first prize for her short story “Tantie Rosita”.
Originally published in 2004, “Ginger Lily” was Margaret’s first novel. Together with three novels which followed, “Easter Lili”, “From Flying Fish to Kippers” and “The Healing Tree”, Margaret’s books have all become bestsellers, not least because of her ability to create engaging characters and page turning storylines which capture the very essence and atmosphere of life in Barbados throughout the latter half of the 20th Century. She manages to entertain while successfully incorporating the more serious issues of the ever present racism and classism which, to some extent, persist on the island to the present day.
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A sequel to ‘Ginger Lily’, ‘Easter Lili’ charts the joys, trials and tribulations of family and social life in Barbados in the latter half of the 20th Century. With wonderfully drawn characters, author Margaret Knight integrates humour and wit with the serious issues of racial and class prejudice which pervaded Barbadian society at the time.
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