Ancestors is the fictionalized account of what happened to Paul Crook’s great-great-great-grandfather John Alexander Crooks enslaved in Jamaica from 1798 to 1838, the year that slaves in the British West Indies were set free.

Ancestors is the fictionalized account of what happened to Paul Crook’s great-great-great-grandfather John Alexander Crooks enslaved in Jamaica from 1798 to 1838, the year that slaves in the British West Indies were set free.

What people are saying

What people are saying

'A moving account of a Black British family that travels through the ages from slavery and beyond'

Bonnie Greer, The Guardian

 

'I was moved...'

Baroness Doreen Lawrence, And Still I Rise

 

‘Fantastic’
'Groundbreaking ...… a riveting read'
The Voice, Newspaper

'A moving account of a Black British family that travels through the ages from slavery and beyond'

Bonnie Greer, The Guardian

 

'I was moved...'

Baroness Doreen Lawrence, And Still I Rise

 

‘Fantastic’
'Groundbreaking ...… a riveting read'
The Voice, Newspaper

 

 

About the book

It is the late eighteenth century. Aboard a slave ship bound from West Africa to Jamaica, a terrified young boy is cared for by Ami, a fellow captive, who becomes his surrogate mother during that nightmare voyage. They are sold to separate owners, but their lives remain curiously intertwined, and the boy, now a man named August, marries Ami’s daughter, Sarah. Ancestors tells the story of their lives, their part in the struggle for emancipation, and the hope and faith that sustains them.

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About the book

It is the late eighteenth century. Aboard a slave ship bound from West Africa to Jamaica, a terrified young boy is cared for by Ami, a fellow captive, who becomes his surrogate mother during that nightmare voyage. They are sold to separate owners, but their lives remain curiously intertwined, and the boy, now a man named August, marries Ami’s daughter, Sarah. Ancestors tells the story of their lives, their part in the struggle for emancipation, and the hope and faith that sustains them.

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