The White Family

Maggie Gee

Alfred White, a London park-keeper, rules his home with a mixture of ferocity and tenderness that has estranged his three children. But family ties are strong, and when Alfred collapses on duty one day, they rush to be with him.

His daughter’s partner, Elroy, a black social-worker, is brought face to face with Alfred’s younger son Dirk, who hates and fears all black people. The scene is set for violence, and Alfred’s wife May is forced to choose between justice and kinship. This ground-breaking novel tackles the taboo subject of racial hatred, as it looks for the roots of violence within one British family.

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