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He moved over to London in the 1950s and then finally to Alberta, Canada in the late 1970s. He died of a heart attack in 1994 on a final return trip to Trinidad.
The Lonely Londoners was published in 1956, and was probably the first work of literature to focus on poor and working-class blacks.
The story follows West Indian characters in post-World War II London, characters that are part of the Windrush Generation, when 493 passengers arrived from Jamaica to start a new life.
The story follows them on their daily lives in London, as they go to and try to find work. There is one central character called Moses Aloetta who is the unifying central character, who has been a veteran in London for ten years. The characters gather at his home on a regular basis to swap stories, but he finds that as he gets older he grows more homesick with each passing day.
The theme of study for The Lonely Londoners is memory and migration, following those that have traveled so far to the UK from their homeland.
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