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75 Books You Should Read During 2023

Part of a reading campaign for 2023

Dave St. Aubyn Gosse and Alexander Bedward


The Rev Dr. Dave Gosse is a Senior lecturer in the Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of the West Indies, UWI (Mona) and formerly taught numerous courses in the Department of History and Archaeology, UWI (Mona). He is a graduate of Howard University and has authored a book on “Abolition and Plantation Management in Early Nineteenth Century Jamaica, 1807-1838”, along with journal articles and encyclopedia entries. His current book on Alexander Bedward, will shortly be published by UWI Press.

He is the Coordinator of the foundation course in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, “Caribbean Civilization”, the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Ardenne High School and Pastor of the Whitfield Town Church of God.

Marcus Garvey and Colin Grant

Colin Grant is an author of five books. They include: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey; and a group biography of the Wailers, I&I, The Natural Mystics. His memoir, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize, 2013. Grant's history of epilepsy, A Smell of Burning, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year 2016.

As a producer for the BBC, Grant wrote and directed several radio drama documentaries including A Fountain of Tears: The Murder of Federico Garcia Lorca; and A History of the N Word. 

Grant is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Director of Writers Mosaic, an innovative online platform for new writing and an initiative of the Royal Literary Fund. He also writes for a number of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, Observer, New Stateman, TLS, London Review of Books, Granta and New York Review of Books.

Grant's Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, was a BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week and a Daily Telegraph Book of the year 2019. His latest memoir, I'm Black So You Don't Have to Be is published by Jonathan Cape on 26 January 2023.

Michael Manley and Godfrey Smith

Godfrey Smith is the author of The Assassination of Maurice Bishop, published by Ian Randle Publishers in Jamaica. He is an attorney at law, a retired politician, former Attorney General of Belize, and a successful  biographer.  His George Price: A Life Revealed, won the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature non fiction.  The Biography of Michael Manley was published in 2016

P.J. Patterson and Delano Franklyn

Delano Franklyn is a practicing Attorney-at-Law and is one of the founding partners of the law firm Wilson Franklyn Barnes.[1] His area of legal work includes, civil and criminal litigation, conveyancing, land, labour, intellectual property, entertainment and sports law. He is also chairman of the Michael Manley Foundation.

An Attorney-at-Law and trained teacher, Franklyn was educated at Kingston College, Mico Teachers’ College, the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, Cave Hill, Barbados, and the Norman Manley Law School, Mona Jamaica. He was called to the Bar in 1995.

During his years at High School, College and University, Mr. Franklyn was elected as President of a number of student and youth organisations at the national level. In 1995 he was appointed the Manager of the National Youth Service (NYS). He is the only Jamaican to have been the President of both the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) and the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS), and also the only Jamaican to have been elected President of the Guild of Undergraduates at both campuses of the University of the West Indies in Mona and Cave Hill, respectively.

In 1998 was appointed the Chief Advisor to the then Prime Minister of Jamaica, PJ Patterson. In 1999 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace and in 2000, he was one of the distinguished graduates who received the Millennium Award from the Mico Teachers College. In October 2002 he was appointed a Senator and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with special responsibility for:

  • The Jamaican Diaspora and Overseas Communities
  • Countries of the Caribbean and the Americas
  • Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
  • Summit of the Americas
  • Consular Affairs
  • Marine & Aviation Affairs
  • Latin America and Economic Systems (SELA)
  • Organisation of American States (OAS)
  • The Rio Group

In October 2006, he was appointed by the then Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller to give ministerial oversight to Jamaica's role in Cricket World Cup 2007, which took place in nine Caribbean territories in March and April 2007.

In September 2007 he was a candidate in the general elections for the People's National Party (PNP) in Western St. Mary.

Franklyn has written numerous articles on a range of issues which have been published in national newspapers, the Jamaica Observer, the Gleaner and the Herald.

He is the author and editor of the books,[2] The Right Move - Corporate Leadership and Governance in Jamaica (2001), A Jamaican Voice in Caribbean and World Politics (2002), The Challenges of Change (2003), We Want Justice - Jamaica and the Caribbean Court of Justice (2005), Michael Manley –The Politics of Equality (2009), Sprinting Into History – Jamaica and the 2008 Olympic Games (2009) and "The Jamaican Diaspora: Building and Operational Framework" (2010).

In 2010 he delivered the annual GraceKennedy Foundation Lecture, the topic being: Sport in Jamaica – A Local and International Perspective.

Franklyn is married, lives in St. Andrew, Jamaica and has two children.

Mary Jane Seacole