by Charlotte Williams - £6.95 Planet (2002)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780954088101 | ISBN 10: 0954088107
A mixed-race young woman, the daughter of a white Welsh-speaking mother and black father from Guyana, grows up in a small town on the coast of North Wales. From there she travels to Africa, the Caribbean and finally back to Wales.
Sugar & Slate is a story of movement and dislocation in which there is a constant pull of to-ing and fro-ing, going away and coming back with always a sense of being 'half-home'.
This is both a personal memoir and a story that speaks to the wider experience of mixed-race Britons. It is a story of Welshness and a story of Wales and above all a story for those of us who look over our shoulder across the sea to some other place.
"It is Williams's Welshness that makes her examination of her mixed-race identity distinctive; but it is the humour, candour and facility of her style that make it exceptional."
(Gary Younge, The Guardian)
(Price & availability last checked: October 2018)