I always remember you as having a really fancy handbag with books by Proust and Yeats inside it.
Something one of Cian’s old friends said to me last weekend. Spending money, reading books — yup, me in a nutshell. (Pity it hasn’t been less of the former, more of the latter.)
Not until maybe four years into the research that I realized that This was the truth of it … of my family’s story that … one side of my family had owned another, and that that was as bleak and as straightforward as it got. … That is the quintessence of the hideousness of slavery, isn’t it? That a family member could own their child … or own a series of children and live with that and … keep them in continued slavery and live comfortably with that. It made me understand slavery or see it in a very, very personal, intense way.
I really enjoyed this interview and look forward to reading her memoir, Sugar in the Blood, a history of her family and slavery in Barbados.